M&G Literary Festival 2014


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1:12:03 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Unfortunately, lively as it has been, the session has come to an end but please join us for the closing session of the M&G Lit Fest. The details are posted below:

Meet the Authors @14:00
David Krut Gallery
151 Jan Smuts Ave

1:06:47 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

“You can not talk about South African literature and the only thing you’re talking about is South African writing in English,” an audience member says to the panel.

1:03:05 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Karabo Kgoleng says “we must also speak about books as objects of art and who is curating that art.”

12:58:39 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Dudumalingani Mqombothi says there is a tendency when it comes to reviewing books in South Africa, there is a tendency to compare the work of black writers to the work of other black writers. “It should be judged simply as literature,” and not “black writing.”

12:55:13 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

The panel discussion has been opened to the audience and one gentleman says, “there’s this idea in South Africa that writing is white.” Hence, in 2014 we keep saying there are so few black writers. “What we’re dealing with,” the gentleman says, “is power relations rather than an absence of black writers…There’s a whole lot of politics in literature that we’ve got to unpack.”

12:47:31 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Joanne Hichens, says we’ve got to get away from the idea that doing an MA or PhD in Creative Writing is going to set you on a path to being the next best seller. Students of writing must expect to work hard on their craft. She adds that short story anthologies like Adults Only offer new writers an opportunity to see their work in print.

12:39:55 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Dudumalingani Mqombothi, speaking about his short story ‘The Street Walkers’ which revolves around one man’s search for his father, says “the process of dealing with themes in writing, is also process of trying to making sense of that theme.”

12:35:14 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Okwiri Oduor, speaking on the role of prizes in the life of the writer, says they are immensely helpful. “The fact that I’m here today is because I won the Caine Prize.” She also says prizes like the Caine buy you time as writer to work on your writing. “It means I don’t have to look for a freelance job on the side.”

12:25:56 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Karabo Kgoleng, who has sat on numerous judging panels, speaks about how difficult it was picking the best 20 stories published in the 20 years of South Africa’s democracy. She says the judging process can sometimes be unfair because you have to leave so much good writing out.

12:21:41 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Joanne Hichens, convenor of the Short Sharp Story competition says what makes a winning short story is “clever use of language, the story has got to be appealing.” Ultimately, she concedes, the judging process is subjective. “The short story form is very specific,” she adds, a novel can meander but a short story has “got to grip the reader from the start.”

12:14:39 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Joanne Hichens, editor of the anthology of erotic stories, Adults Only, says the idea for the collection was inspired by the success of 50 Shades of Grey but she didn’t want “badly written, soft porn, erotica crap.” She wanted stories that extended beyond that. Something which speaks authentically to people’s sexuality.

12:08:55 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Dudumalingani Mqombothi says “I don’t hold the view that you can write about a theme, themes come from stories.”

12:06:18 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Dudumalingani Mqombothi is reading from his short story, ‘The Street Walkers’ (published in the anthology, Adults Only). It’s a poignant, poetic tale about man searching for his father in Cape Town. Beautiful.

12:05:13 pm - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

Dudumalingani Mqombothi is reading from his short story, ‘The Street Walkers’ (published in the anthology, Adults Only). It’s a poignant, poetic tale about man searching for his father in Cape Town. Beautiful.

11:59:49 am - Sun 31 Aug

Corina van der Spoel, the chair of the panel, asks Okwiri Oduor for her definition African writing. She responds by saying, “I don’t know what African stories and African writing is.” She continues: “what is problematic about the tag African writing is that is excludes a lot of things: Romance, Science Fiction, Graphic novels.”

“I don’t have a check list which makes my writing more African” she adds.

11:55:26 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 7 – The Short Story

25-year-old Kenyan writer Okwiri Oduor, winner of the 2014 Caine Prize for African writing, is reading from her a award-winning short-story, ‘My Father’s Head.’ Subtle, tender and moving.

11:24:48 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 6 – ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’

Session # 6 just came to an end. We’ll back in twenty. See below for the details on the next session.

The Short Story:
Corina van der Spoel (Chair)
Okwiri Oduor, winner of the 2014 Caine Prize for African writing
Joanne Hichens, editor of the short story anthology Adults Only,
Karabo Kgoleng and Dudumalingani Mqombothi

11:17:26 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session #6 – ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’

The panel discussion has been opened up to the audience and one audience member, citing the example of African Banks, asks why newspapers don’t report often on development issues. She argues that in the reporting of African Bank’s collapse, the board members were allowed to get away with their reputations in tact. Songezo Zibi, editor of the Business Day,says part of the problem is the tendency in South African media to focus too much on “palace politics” because of it’s mass appeal. He however did say that the Business Day wrote an editorial calling for a commission of inquiry into the board of African Bank because they demonstrated a failure to act in the face of pending disaster. Jane Duncan added that the public sphere in South Africa is still largely an elite one. As a consequence, there is a mismatch between “the ideas that circulate in society and the ideas that circulate in the media.”

10:58:56 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 6 – ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’

Speaking to Frans Cronje, Shaun De Waal asks “what are two or three key things that we have to do for us to get to a point as a society where babies are not eaten by rats.” Cronje says education is one of the key pillars and currently we still have far too many young people falling out of the school system. Secondly, he says, the other key thing is “access to the labour market.” There are still too many people out of work.

10:51:27 am - Sun 31 Aug

Turning to Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Shaun de Waal asks, “how do we create moral leadership?” Referencing Nadine Gordimer, Gobodo-Madikizela says the animating impulse of the Nobel Laureate’s work is “compassion for the other…putting yourself into the shoes of the other.” This kind of compassion, she argues, is absent from our current leadership. Compassion for the other is what calls us into action.

10:38:32 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 6 – ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’

Turning to Songezo Zibi, Shaun de Waal asks what’s the use, if any, of writing about moral questions in politics and public life. Zibi responds by saying that as a society “you can pass as many laws as you like” but if people don’t abide by them because of they “believe it’s the right thing to do, you will lose the battle.” “Laws and policies can’t be made into a vacuum,” Zibi adds.

10:26:02 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 6: ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’

Jane Duncan says South Africa is witnessing the increasing convergence of the intelligence forces, the police and the military.

10:21:41 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 6 – ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’

Jane Duncan argues that the drastic post 9/11 security measures have been domesticated to fight the enemy within.

10:17:49 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 6 – ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’

Jane Duncan says the rise of the security cluster is not something particular to South Africa. There are examples of similar developments elsewhere, particularly in the United States post-9/11.

10:14:51 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 6: ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’

All the four authors on the panel are speaking about their most recent books (nb:some are still forthcoming). Frans Cronje’s book, A Time Traveller’s Guide to Our Next Ten Years, looks into social and political future of South Africa. Songezo Zibi’s debut, Raising the Bar: Hope & Renewal in South Africa, is, as he says, “an honest critique of the country and people we have become” and “it attempts to make various proposals about how we can change the way we can do things.” Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s essay collection, Dare We Hope? Facing Our Past to Find a New Future, stems from her longstanding research and writing in the area of trauma, “especially in the aftermath of mass trauma like apartheid.” Jane Duncan’s The Rise of the Securocrats was inspired by the many years she spent working for the Freedom of Expression Institute and her book looks at the workings of the security cluster. “The architecture of a more authoritarian state is now in place,” she argues.

9:47:41 am - Sun 31 Aug

Session # 6 ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy.
Shaun de Waal is chairing a panel discussion on twenty years of democracy with Frans Cronje, Songezo Zibi,
Jane Duncan, and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.

9:43:02 am - Sun 31 Aug

We’re back for day three at the M&G Lit Fest. Session # 6 ‘Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy’ will begin in a few minutes.

And then at 11:30-13:00

Session 7: The Short Story

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4:08:50 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Mail and Guardian Literary Festival still carries on today and tomorrow.

Last session today:

Session 5: Freedom of Ideas
Time: 16h30 – 18h00
Venue: Market Theatre, The Main Theatre

Panel discussion:
David Macfarlane (Chair)
John Higgins, Academic Freedom
Peter Vale, editor of Intellectual Traditions in South Africa: Ideas, Individuals and Institutions
Lawrence Hamilton – author of Are South African Free
Dr Siona O’Connell

Ticket: R50

And tomorrow morning, we are up bright and early.

Session 6:Looking back, looking forward: Twenty years of democracy
Time: 09h30 – 11h00
Venue: Market Theatre, The Main Theatre

Panel discussion:
Shaun de Waal (Chair)
Frans Cronje, author of A Time Traveller’s Guide to Our Next Ten Years
Songezo Zibi, author of Raising the Bar: Hope & Renewal in South Africa
Jane Duncan, author of The Rise of the Securocrats

Ticket: R50

Session 7: The Short Story
Time: 11h30 – 13h00
Venue: Market Theatre, The Main Theatre

Panel discussion:
Corina van der Spoel (Chair)
Okwiri Oduor, winner of the 2014 Caine Prize for African writing
Joanne Hichens, editor of the short story anthology Adults Only
Karabo Kgoleng
Dudumalingani Mqombothi, contributor to Adults Only Anthology)

Ticket: R50

You can also meet most of the authors that were part of the festival:

Session 8: Meet the Authors
Time: 14h00
David Krut Gallery
151 Jan Smuts Ave

Ticket: R100

4:01:57 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4: New Fiction

Audience member: How do we encourage readers and writers from different languages?

Harry Kalmer: For me it was taking the work to communities. So I think that is what we can do.

3:59:21 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4: New Fiction

The session is coming to a close. And the audience asks questions to the panel.

An audience member asks about translation and its limitations.

Perfect tells an anecdote about how he would have to quickly change languages when he walked through his father’s gate. He says the problem with translation is that a language comes with idioms.

Harry Kalmer says he has been translated into languages he cannot speak so he has no input in the process and does not know what they read like.

3:55:00 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4: New Fiction

Corina Van Der Spoel: Are you guys concerned about where you set your books?

Ingrid Winterbach (author of the Road to Excess) answers:

That is an obsession of theorist, really, I am not concerned about that.

Perfect Hlongwane answers:

I do not think that writers are fad followers. We do not have that limited view of what we write about. There is a need to write about South African life that has not been in a meaningful ways.

Harry Kalmer answers:

How one present things is determined by the language that one uses. These stories that we tell have to come from where we are.

3:44:19 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4: New Fiction

Corina asks Ingrid, Do you have fun when you write?

Ingrid: I never have fun when writing. You cannot sustain it for a long time. I suppose in writing some characters, there is a measure of fun but the main thing is to do it properly. That is no laughing matter.

3:41:04 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4: New Fiction

“My agenda was to write a book that was going to challenge myself as a writer. I wanted to be obscure. I wanted to write a book that bored the reader”. Harry Kalmer says:

3:37:03 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4: New Fiction

Corina quizzes Perfect Hlongwane and Harry Kalmer about the presence of foreign nationals in their book.

Harry says he wanted to have non-Afrikaans speaking characters in his novel. In his novel, he has Hindu, Muslim, Chinese families.

“I wanted to embrace Johannesburg. To engage with it”, Harry says.

In Perfect Hlongwane’s novel, Jozi, there is a Mozambican immigrant.

These two elements in these novels illustrate the idea that Johannesburg is a city that all nationals come to meet. Both novels are about people who are living in the city and those that are arriving.

3:30:46 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session # 4 – New Fiction

The Johannesburg Hlongwane writes about is one where “dreams come to die.”

3:29:55 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4: New Fiction

Perfect Hlongwane says he spent eight years working on his manuscript. Before that, “I spent more than 10 years of my adult life resisting the urge to write” he says. Then he came to the realisation that perhaps one doesn’t choose to become a writer, writing chooses you. When finally he started writing Jozi, many chapters were discarded through the years. Stylistically, he wanted to write a book that echoes the “fleetingness of life” in Johannesburg.

3:22:40 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4: New Fiction

Ingrid Winterbach (author of the Road to Excess)
I have tried writing characters that do other things instead of art but they end up talking about art. So I just write that. It is the world I know.

3:19:29 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session # 4 – New Fiction

Ingrid Winterbach’s book is a reflection on art and life.

3:18:16 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session # 4 – New Fiction

“a novel starts in many places” Ingrid Winterbach says and her is about two brothers. One is a painter (based on a real-life artist she admires) and the other is a recovering alcoholic and a drug addict.

3:08:28 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session # 4 – New Fiction

Corina van der Spoel is now talking to the third panelist, multi-award winning author, Ingrid Winterbach. “When I started writing, I thought a proper writer uses a pseudonym” says Ingrid Winterbach, author of the Road to Excess. She had several pen names at the start of her writing career, it was something she saw as “playful” but she now writes under her real name. “Her book” (set in Durban) she says, “is a novel of excess” as the title suggests.

3:04:33 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session #4 – New Fiction

Harry Kalmer calls Johannesburg a schizophrenic city. “That is the nature of the people in this book,” he adds.

3:02:14 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session 4: New Fiction

Corina van der Spoel says the common thread between Perfect Hlongwane’s debut novel Jozi and Harry kalmer’s Duisend is that “both use interlocking stories to tell a larger story of Johannesburg.” Hlongwane says he wanted the book’s structure to echo the fleeting, transient, nature of life of the city.

2:52:58 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session 4: New Fiction- Chaired by Corina van der Spoel with Ingrid Winterbach (author of the Road to Excess), Harry Kalmer (author of ‘n Duisend) and Perfect Hlongwane (author of Jozi)

Perfect Hlongwane wanted a story where characters have human fallibility, characters that could mess up and try to put things together. Jozi, his novel, he says is full of fleeting encounters.

Corina says reading Jozi for her brought back memories of Phaswane Mpe Welcome to my Hillbrow. And she says that Perfect Hlongwane is part of a young emerging writers that are writing about the city.

1:15:06 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session  # 3 at the M&G Lit Fest. Charles Leonard, news editor at the M&G, speaks to Dennis Cruywagen (Brothers in War and Peace the life of Constand Viljoen and Abram Viljoen) and Glen Moss (The New Radicals).

Taken together, the two books speak about the contribution of the white left and rightwing in shaping this country’s history, both it’s high and low points.

1:01:03 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session  # 3 at the M&G Lit Fest. Chaired by Charles Leonard, news editor at the M&G, speaks to Dennis Cruywagen  (Brothers in War and Peace the life of Constand Viljoen and Abram Viljoen) and Glen Moss (The New Radicals).

Blow by blow panel discussion.

Charles Leonard: Why would I want to read a book about long haired whites stirring up shit in the 70s?

Glenn Moss: I’d hope that it is more than that.

Dennis: De Klerk suffers from selective amnesia. He remembers some sevents and not others. It is quite strange.

Charles Leonard: Why is the left white annoying?

Glenn Moss: Because they are.

(audience laughs)

12:57:00 pm - Sat 30 Aug

??””[‘Session  # 3 at the M&G Lit Fest. Charles Leonard, news editor at the M&G, speaks to Dennis Cruywagen  (Brothers in War and Peace the life of Constand Viljoen and Abram Viljoen) and Glen Moss (The New Radicals).

In her essay, ‘Hanging on a Sunrise: Testimony and the Imagination in Revolutionary Writings,’ the late Nadine Gordimer writes that “to those of us outside the revolutionary movement or on its fringes were not only unaware of the what men and women deep within it were doing; not only could not know the personal conflicts and difficult moral decisions involved in their actions, but often, out of lack of such knowledge, were unable to understand the significance of certain behaviour patterns, quirks of demeanour, in otherwise familiar people.” The political memoir, then, closes a gap in our political and social history.

Though Dennis Cruywagen’s Brothers in War and Peace the life of Constand Viljoen and Abram Viljoen and Glen Moss’ The New Radicals are not political memoirs per se but both are attempts to close gaps in our political and social history. Moss says it more eloquently: “periods in our history that are fading.”

His book, The New Radicals, is written with the hope that it will “revive a radical project to challenge everything that’s gone wrong…not only in South Africa but in other parts of the world.” The book looks at the early seventies – a largely neglected time in the writing of South Africa history – and shows how crucial those years were in the struggle against Apartheid. Steve Biko, Rick Turner and Neville Curtis, Moss says, played a pivotal part in radicalising both black and white students at the time.

Steve Biko (and his writing), Moss says, “was an enormous figure…because of the challenge he represented to so much of society.” Similarly, Turner, was influential because of the he drew the link between “politics and the economy, capitalism and apartheid.” Neville Curtis, a largely forgotten figure,  ”had an enormous influence in radicalising white students.”  The New Radicals, he adds, is a book about ideas and how ideas impact on society.

Dennis Cruywagen’s Brothers in War and Peace the life of Constand Viljoen and Abram Viljoen is a different book but no less important in closing the gaps in our political history. In his words, the book “tells the story of how close we came to civil war.” At the centre of the book are twin brothers,  Abraham and Constand Viljoen, who took radically different paths in life. One was a deeply religious man, who opposed apartheid; the other was a man of war, who became head of the South African Defence Force. But together the brothers played a vital role in preventing South Africa from descending into civil war.

In the early 90s, the militant twin, Constand, came out of retirement to head the Afrikaner Volksfront, which vehemently opposed the negotiations with the ANC and made plans for military action. Realising that war would destroy their country, Abraham approached his estranged brother and urged him to consider the alternative: talks with the ANC. It’s a fascinating story about how civil war was averted in South Africa. ”That story just had to be written,” Cruywagen says, “so that we can look back and realise how close we came to disaster.”



12:00:01 pm - Sat 30 Aug

Session  # 3 at the M&G Lit Fest. Political memoirs,

Glenn Moss nostalgically invokes the spirit and intelligence of Steve Biko, Richard Turner and Neville Wilson Curtis and suggests that they are not celebrated in a satisfactory manner. He says that these are some of the greatest political minds in South Africa.

11:54:32 am - Sat 30 Aug

Session  # 3 at the M&G Lit Fest, a discussion on political memoirs, chaired by Charles Leonard. Reflecting on the political landscapes, now and then.

Glenn Moss, part of the panel, says he always remembers political events that are fading, recording them on paper so he can remember them later. It is when he retired that he began to write those memories. Focusing on the early 70s because he feels that there is substantial writing about the late 70s.

11:44:15 am - Sat 30 Aug

A great selection of well priced books are on sale at Bookdealers at the M&G Literary Festival held at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

11:22:38 am - Sat 30 Aug

Mbuyiseni Mtshali read a eulogy titled ’Nadine Gordimer is not dead.’

“She is eternal in the words she has written,” Mbuyiseni Mtshali concluded

11:22:06 am - Sat 30 Aug

The discussion, its every detail, its very point and purpose, that of celebrating Nadine Gordimer was summed up by South African poet, Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, who was sitting in the audience.

11:21:35 am - Sat 30 Aug

The discussion continued like this, a literary boxing match, punches thrown frequently, opening up one’s mind, revitalising the real purpose of the pen, the point to living and that is to empathise and speak for those who cannot speak.

11:20:33 am - Sat 30 Aug

“Nadine wrote besides those who suffered,” Bongani Kona said.

“Nadine had the ability to put accurately the past of our world,” adds Colin Smuts. “I do not think she was really appreciated in her own country. She sold many copies elsewhere but always recorded the lowest sales in South Africa,” he says.

“A writer’s duty is to witness and speak the truth. She is fearless and she addresses justice,” says Okwiri Oduor.

11:19:41 am - Sat 30 Aug

That other world that was the world from ‘Writing in being’ is the essay that Bongani Kona finds fascinating because it allowed him to read about South Africa’s traumatic history. Bongani Kona grew up in Zimbabwe but through Nadine Gordimer learned to read about South Africa.

11:19:15 am - Sat 30 Aug

“Love was a theme of all her novels,” said Maureen Isaacson.

11:18:40 am - Sat 30 Aug

The discussion began with Darryl Accone asking the panel to share their favourite work by Nadine. And then from whence, the discussion, the panel began to reflect on Nadine’s work, in bits and pieces.

11:18:21 am - Sat 30 Aug

“It is become slightly fashionable to think of Nadine in disparagement. They are slightly wrong and perhaps they need to reread her work,” Darryl Accone said, affirming the topic of discussion.

11:17:42 am - Sat 30 Aug

Outside the Market Theatre, the cold clung to everything. In the air, the pavement, buildings and it also etched itself into the skins of those who braved the cold. Inside, it descended from the high raised roof, but none of it deterred people from attending.

11:17:07 am - Sat 30 Aug


11:16:02 am - Sat 30 Aug

The topic of discussion was: Nadine Gordimer – why Gordimer is essential today. From the way in which the topic is constructed, as a statement, and not a question, is a testament of Nadine Gordimer’s importance in South African literature. From her many literary outputs, ranging from novels, novellas, short stories and essay writers, readers, and literature students can find in those literary outputs enough text to love and enough to hate.

11:14:37 am - Sat 30 Aug

The first panel of the day, which took place from 09h30- 11h00 was Darryl Accone (chair), Fiona Ramsay, Maureen Isaacson, Colin Smuts, Okwiri Oduor (2014 Caine Prize winner) and Bongani Kona.

11:14:07 am - Sat 30 Aug

Session 2 of the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival begins with formalities. Darryl Accone, the M&G’s books editor, and editor-in-chief Chris Roper welcomes guests.


11:11:43 am - Sat 30 Aug

The current session at the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival looks at Nadine Gordimer’s notion of ‘Being here: in a particular time and place.’ And why Gordimer is essential today.

11:08:40 am - Sat 30 Aug

We’re at the Market Theatre for the annual Mail & Guardian Literary Festival.


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Live blog: Elections 2014

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9:53:17 pm - Sat 10 May

The Democratic Alliance, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) are the only three parties who have had seats in Parliament before that won more votes in this election than they did in the last one.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is one of only five parties that have received over a million votes in national elections. The others are the ANC, the Inkatha Freedom Party, the DA, and the Congress of the People (Cope).

7:21:43 pm - Sat 10 May

Four  parties in the national assembly for the first time: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), National Freedom Party (NFP), African Independent Congress (AIC) and Agang. And it’s goodbye to the Minority Front, the United Christian Democratic Party and Azapo, parties that have had seats in Parliament since 1999.

3:27:25 pm - Fri 9 May

DA wins second place in the national vote andNorth West provincial EFF comes second in the provincial vote.

3:12:50 pm - Fri 9 May

DA and EFF are so close in North West

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2:57:02 pm - Fri 9 May

Results from 13 voting districts in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg – where residents burnt down three temporary voting stations the day before the elections, and police were deployed to keep the peace – were unanimous: the ANC is the party of choice.

In 10 of the 13 districts, the ANC got more than 70% of the votes; 60% was the lowest result. The EFF was the second favourite.

The voter turnout was mixed. It was above 70%, which is on a par with the national average, in six districts. In two districts it was below 50%; and below 60% in another two; the rest were between 60% and 70%.

6:49:08 am - Fri 9 May

The unexpected story of UDM’s small success.

The party has emerged as something of an alternative for a handful of voters impressed with neither the ruling ANC nor the opposition DA.

It seems to have grown for the first time since 1999.

6:07:12 am - Fri 9 May

In case you missed it,  Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape are the only two fully counted provinces with ANC easily winning both provinces. North West looks likely to drop next with just two more voting stations to be counted.

Final Results for Mpumalanga Legislature :
24 seats – ANC
3 seats – DA
2 seats – EFF
1 seat – Bushbuckridge Residents Association

Final results for Northern Cape Legislature:
20 seats – ANC
7 seats – DA
2 seats – EFF
1 seat – COPE

5:37:00 am - Fri 9 May

Gauteng provincial results so far:

ANC: 53,35%

DA: 32,64%

EFF: 9,6%

5:25:20 am - Fri 9 May

Our story on Gauteng is up. It’s like a collation of all the live blog entries so far, but only more sane. Enjoy!

All eyes on Gauteng votes as ANC lags behind

The EFF has grown angry over the slow pace of vote counting in Gauteng, fearing it is linked to the ANC’s poor showing so far in the province.

All attention has turned to Gauteng during the 2014 elections, as Alexandra was rent with protests, errant IEC material was found dumped in various places and the politically uncertain province lagged behind in vote counting, causing suspicion among the opposition.

Gauteng’s slow counting of votes was a major cause for concern for some who linked it to the ANC’s poor performance in the province as the votes were brought in.


4:52:28 am - Fri 9 May

For the early risers just joining us we’re currently at 94% of voting districts counted with:

ANC: 62,59%,

DA: 21,96% and

EFF: 5,93%

The big issue however is Gauteng experiencing something of a blockage while ANC hover around the 50% mark there.

Read our sleep-deprived attempts to make sense of the situation below.


3:40:31 am - Fri 9 May

The ANC’s take on slow voting in Gauteng? “Much ado about nothing!”

Ok, that wasn’t an actual quote, as the person the M&G was talking to was ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni who had her head buried in her hands in the pose of pretty much everyone else on the IEC results centre floor at the moment asking themselves questions like: OH GOD WHAT AM I DOING HERE? WHY’S IT SO DAMN COLD?! HOW IS THIS MY LIFE RIGHT NOW?

And so on.

Khusela and a colleague pointed out that Gauteng was a populous province and weren’t that far behind the rest.

But according to another opposition figure, all was not entirely well in the state of Denmark, to continue the  strained Shakespearean references.

Pieter de Necker, formerly with the ACDP and now with the Collective for Democracy told the M&G in our late night ramblings of the floor that usually the urban areas like Johannesburg and Pretoria were counted pretty fast. But he added that the sharp rise of people voting outside their station may be responsible for the delay.

And the EFF guys? Floyd Shivambu and crew raised  reddening eyes to growl that something was definitely rotten in the state of Denmark.

Again, not actual quote.

2:48:42 am - Fri 9 May

Back to Trouble In Gauteng, as I’ve now taken to calling it. The outstanding voting districts are mostly from Johannesburg city and Pretoria: the two big metros. See, that’s suspicious for the likes of EFF and other opposition because urban voters are less likely to vote ANC. Could this delay be signs of some dodgy work? Hard to do given the scrutiny, one would imagine. And also bear in mind there are gazillions of people squashed into these two cities.

Okay maybe millions. But still. A lot more per square kilometer than the rest of South Africa.

2:38:24 am - Fri 9 May

Just over 21% of voting districts in Gauteng still have to be counted as tension rises over the issue. In happier news over 99% of votes in North West are counted. We’re almost there!


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See more results like this on the M&G’s live map of votes.

1:39:35 am - Fri 9 May

Gauteng, on the other hand, is cause for much concern given the slow pace of voting in the country’s most populous province. Opposition parties are worried as the ANC faced its biggest threat to power here.

There have also been a number of concerning reports from the province. Most urgent right now are community protests by angry Alexandra voters, who are said to be burning tyres and protesting outside the IEC office in the township, demanding to know how ballot boxes were found at a person’s house. More details here.

The EFF, who are one of the few parties left at the IEC results centre in Pretoria have just put out this statement about the slow pace of vote counting in the province.


09 May 2014

The Economic Freedom Fighters demands the immediate release of Gauteng Results. Throughout the counting of votes in Gauteng, the ANC was reducing towards below 50% of the votes in Gauteng. At exactly 17H59, the ANC was at 50.21% of the Gauteng vote and immediately after that, the Gauteng results started to slow down and almost came to an absolute halt because the ANC was heading towards below 50% of the Gauteng vote.

The EFF Provincial leadership in Gauteng approached the Provincial Elections Officer to demand an immediate explanation on why Gauteng results are not streaming in because all Voting Districts have been counted and captured. The Provincial Elections Officer could not give an adequate response and chose to lie that capturing was continuing while such was not the case.

The National leadership of the EFF contacted the Chief Electoral Officer to demand an immediate meeting to explain on why the Gauteng results are not captured and the CEO refused the meeting. The EFF suspects that there is foul play because the ANC is heading towards less than 50% of the votes in Gauteng.

The EFF demands an immediate release of Gauteng results and calls for an immediate audit of the elections and votes in Gauteng because what is happening now is not satisfactory. There are many incidents of lost ballots and ballots found in bins across Gauteng, and it appears that the IEC is colluding with the ANC to prevent the reality that the ANC might go below 50% in Gauteng

The EFF still demands that the Gauteng Provincial Elections Officer and the Chief Electoral Officer should explain to the EFF what is causing the delay of the Gauteng results. The rest of the other issues we have identified about Elections irregularities will be raised once the final results have been counted in. The IEC should at least have the decency of explain to the EFF why results are being delayed and stop conniving with the ruling party.

The EFF will be awake and vigilant until dawn, waiting for a proper and adequate explanation on Gauteng results. The IEC came to the 2014 General elections with a damaged reputation and should not worsen such by refusing to promptly release the Gauteng results.

1:33:00 am - Fri 9 May

Western Cape tallying is very close to being completed. At 01:16 94,3% of voting districts had been counted in the province. Those outstanding appeared to all be in the City of Cape Town, which 71 stations there still to capture at 01:20.

Results so far in the WC:

DA – 57%
ANC – 34,34%
EFF – 2,26%

The DA has consolidated its majority as expected, up from 48,78% of the province’s vote in the 2009 election. The ANC have grown slightly as an opposition from 32,86% in 2009.

1:17:17 am - Fri 9 May

A clarification: The DA and ANC’s close race in Nelson Mandela Bay doesn’t have any bearing on this election. All that these elections have a bearing on in provinces is the premiers, MECs, and legislature: not on city mayors.

However it is significant for the 2016 local government elections. THis close a race means PE/NMB may come under DA rule then.

10:04:04 pm - Thu 8 May

Our story about ballot papers dumped in a field in Lynnwood Ridge in Pretoria is up. Summary: it’s really only a concern if a recount is needed. Counting was done already and it’s unlikely to affect results.



Dumped ballot papers in Lynnwood to be investigated

Images of dumped ballot papers found in a field in Pretoria have caused a minor outrage, but are likely only to be an issue if a recount is need.

Ballot papers found dumped in black bin bags in a field in Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria were probably left behind by Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) staff, and not a result of malicious intent, said Democratic Alliance (DA) party agent Jordan Griffiths on Thursday.

But the IEC has directed an immediate investigation into the matter and others like it.

The station, called “Cedar and Beech street” after the street corner it is located on, was housed in an IEC tent.

Read more here.

8:49:20 pm - Thu 8 May

Alexandra: The IFP says its supporters held election officials and ANC members hostage after apparently seeing ballot boxes being loaded into a strange car. Read more here

8:08:26 pm - Thu 8 May

Mpumalanga’s votes are in: the traditional stronghold of the ruling party gave the ANC a 78.33% win, while the DA has come in a distant second with 10.4% of the provincial vote. Read more

8:06:39 pm - Thu 8 May

Could the DA win PE?

The DA and ANC are neck in neck in Nelson Mandela Bay (PE) right now. Most of the votes are counted, with five voting stations still to be counted.

As at 8pm:

ANC: 47.44%
DA: 42.01%

Helen Zille claims on Twitter that the outstanding wards are DA strongholds. Lets wait and see.

7:45:05 pm - Thu 8 May

The M&G has just had an interview with IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya to understand how the mislaying of ballot boxes would apply to the casting of special votes and home visit votes, given their previous explanation RE Lynnwood. It seems a fairly watertight system that is difficult to defraud. Still: the dumping of ballot papers is a concern if a recount of votes is required in the event of an objection.

7:35:01 pm - Thu 8 May

On another note: International votes are likely to delay the counting of the total vote. The counting is speeding ahead with local votes but international votes are still being flown in and collated, the IEC said at its latest press briefing this evening. The commission has made a decision to allow the counting of votes received by 21:00 tomorrow, which means the counting of these votes will only be done tomorrow night. 10 out of the 106 missions abroad votes are outstanding, and the IEC has captured 17 905 votes so far abroad.

Only 26 701 South African abroad were registered to vote, a fraction of their numbers thanks to the sparseness of voting missions and having to take time off work to register and vote. Read the M&G’s previous article on the issue:

7:06:52 pm - Thu 8 May

Mamabolo also says for bags of ballot papers to leave the voting station before the count, without party agents noticing is very unlikely.

7:03:46 pm - Thu 8 May

The M&G has just spoken to deputy CEO Mr Sy Mamabolo to get clarity on how ballots counted, to understand the dumping of ballots in Lynnwood.

Mamabolo says that ballots are counted at the voting station. Party agents then sign a slip with these results. The SLIP is sent to the local counting station, and independent auditors ensure that it is the same as the slip at the voting station. So if ballot papers go missing after its been counted at the voting station, or gets mislaid, it’s not as much of a crisis as it seems, it would appear. Hence Mamabolo’s comment: “We don’t encourage people to mislay ballot. Mislaying ballots doesn’t amount to irregularity.”

So one scenario in Lynnwood is that that the ballots were counted, the slip signed off and sent through and the ballot papers improperly stored.

6:57:27 pm - Thu 8 May

EC says electronic voting is on the agenda for the future, but it has to be done in conjunction with parties, legislature, tweets @MyNews24

6:55:40 pm - Thu 8 May

IEC: Until capturing is complete we will not be in a position to give you a precise figure of turn-out, which is based on actual votes cast.

6:53:54 pm - Thu 8 May

IEC on mislaid ballot boxes: “Provisional results are announced at a station when it closes, party agents sign a slip to confirm results attributed to their parties are correct. Moves to a local counting site where it is captured and audited. If a ballot box is mislaid, does not affect regularity of accounting before party agents and presiding officer at the voting station. Mislaying of ballot box does not amount to an irregularity necessarily.”

It’s unclear what happens if the tally at the local counting site is at odds with the voting station count…

6:50:42 pm - Thu 8 May

An objection doesn’t necessarily mean there is an irregularity, says the IEC. Objections will close tomorrow at 9pm, and they will be considered by the commission before they declare the results. Must be finalised by the time the election is declared.

6:49:39 pm - Thu 8 May

Ballot storage places can be burgled and ballots which have already been counted can be stolen, says the IEC.

6:45:00 pm - Thu 8 May

Moepya says latest count of spoilt ballot votes were at about 1,37%: lower than it was in the 2009 elections.

6:44:11 pm - Thu 8 May

Ballots from abroad are in different stages of arrival, coming from various countries. (Not that there will be many of them… abroad votes will constitute barely half a seat in parliament, as the M&G has previously reported)

6:43:21 pm - Thu 8 May

IEC CEO Mosotho Moepya says the commission does not know yet about the ballot papers being dumped in Lynnwood, in Pretoria. Questions being asked at a press conference right now at the ROC. The commission will look into it.

6:36:25 pm - Thu 8 May

Lots of concern about dumped ballot papers found in Lynwood. Together with Gauteng vote count taking a long time, and the province being politically more divided than others, suspicion is running high on social media at the moment, with Lynwood trending on Twitter.

5:38:18 pm - Thu 8 May

Only one of the two new parties that came to these elections with great expectations is performing well. The EFF is coming third, so far, in the national election and in six of the provinces – Northern Cape, Western Cape, Free State, North West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng – and it’s number two in Limpopo.

The other party, Agang, despite being led by the highly respected Mamphela Ramphele who many people would like to see in Parliament, is among the tailenders. At present, it’s number 11 nationally, with 27 000 votes (0.24%).

In the provinces, Agang is doing best in Gauteng, where it has 7 502 votes, and with only 39% of the voting districts counted, she could add to that number. In the Western Cape her party got 7 000 votes; it got just over 3 000 in North West; in Limpopo it got 2 794; in Mpumalanga it got 1 700; in the Eastern Cape, 1695; in KwaZulu-Natal, 1 230; in the Free State, 903; and in the Northern Cape, a rather sad 448 votes (it wasn’t the lowest, however, one of the parties got 39 votes).

5:36:45 pm - Thu 8 May

AT 17:26: Just over 73% of voting districts had been counted, with the ANC at 62,49% of those votes, the DA at 22,53% & EFF at 5,38%.

5:28:50 pm - Thu 8 May

The Presidency has just announced that Jacob Zuma will visit the IEC ROC at about 20:00 tonight. Which means that the quiet lull we’re currently experiencing at the centre will end, as we get closer to counting all the votes.

5:16:34 pm - Thu 8 May

Ninety percent of the voting districts are in for the Western Cape so it’s probably now safe to say that the Democratic Alliance is the majority party. It’s got just over 1-million of the national election votes so far, up from just under a million in 2009 (1 086 082 from 989 132 to be exact) or from 49% to 57%.

The ANC trails behind by 447 000 votes. It has won 639 221 votes, which is only slightly down on the 666 223 it got in the last election. It remains at around 33% of the votes.

The provincial election results are fairly similar, the DA has won 59% to the ANC’s 32% of the votes.

The EFF is coming in third with 38 000 or 2%. Cope, once again, is limping home with 12 000 votes, a long way from the 66 082 it got in 2009.

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The EFF is the number two party in Limpopo at present. Julius Malema was expected to do well in his home province, but could he be heading towards becoming the official opposition there? His party has 89 000 votes (9%) in the national election and he’s doing well in the provincial election too. Cope, the outgoing official opposition, has once again been well and truly squashed. In 2009 it got 111 000 votes, this year it’s down to 7 000. The ANC is in the lead, as expected, whith 750 000 votes (78%). The DA is third with 63 856 votes (6%).

Results are in for only 60% of the voting districts, however, so there’s quite a lot of votes to come.

The voter turnout, at 62%, is notably lower than the other provinces. In 2009 it was also the lowest of all the provinces, at 70%.

3:26:44 pm - Thu 8 May

Numbers for 95% of the voting districts in Mpumalanga are in.

The ANC has 1 047 082 votes, in 2009 it got 1 152 698, so it needs another 120 000 to draw level with its previous election result. Its percentage of the vote in the province has dropped from 86% to 77%. The DA has 136 201 votes, up from 102 000 in 2009 (an increase of 30 000). Its percentage of the vote has increased from 8% to 10%. And the EFF is galloping down the home straight with 81 591 (6%). This is double the number of votes Cope got in the province in 2009 (38 802 votes). Cope, meanwhile, has tumbled to 3 754.

Another newcomer to national elections, the National Freedom Party, has won 8 984 of Mpumalaga’s votes.

1:39:07 pm - Thu 8 May

It looks like the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters have mopped up the votes shed by the Congress of the People in the Northern Cape. The DA had increased its share by about 40 000 votes (from 54 215 to 96 993, after just over 90% of the voting districts had been counted this afternoon). The EFF had 19 382, which is roughly the same number of votes the Independent Democrats had in 2009. Cope has shed around 50 000 votes. The ANC had 250 000 votes, very similar to its 2009 tally. It has around 61% of the province’s votes – the same as in 2009.

5:19:19 pm - Wed 7 May

Reorter Verashni Pillay is at the IEC briefing in Pretoria

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Don’t forget, you can check out our Elections 2014 special report for all the latest news.

4:21:18 pm - Wed 7 May

The mining strikes that have plagued the platinum belt in Rustenburg over the past two years are playing a pivotal role in how residents vote. Full story.

4:20:05 pm - Wed 7 May

Vavi says dogs should be able to choose for themselves.

2:34:06 pm - Wed 7 May

As South Africa goes to the polls, we look at how President Jacob Zuma has campaigned around key issues in the run-up to elections. Full story.

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“If Zille comes here but not with her ‘Viva, viva!’… she mustn’t come here with her rock n’ roll”.

2:01:51 pm - Wed 7 May

Sweet picture of Mutanga Mukwevho who is 140 years old and believed to be the oldest person in SA to vote.

1:56:54 pm - Wed 7 May

Winnie did a quick walk through, and was crowded with adoring fans. Mostly children. She smiled and hugged them but did not speak. The IEC politely said she was causing a scene and she got in her black Audi and was driven off. – Reporting by Sipho Kings.

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Watch the video of ANC officials trying to stop Helen Zille from entering the voting station at Walmer Town Hall in PE. (Victoria John)

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Voters in Nkandla queue to vote at Ntolwane Primary School in KwaNxamalala, where Jacob Zuma voted earlier on Wednesday. (Picture: Rajesh Jantilal)

1:02:11 pm - Wed 7 May

Helen Zille arrives at Walmer Town Hall in PE:





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“There was quite a ruckus when Zille started walking towards Walmer voting station. ANC officials tried to block her. Much shouting and “don’t push me!!” – reporting by Victoria John. Additional information to follow.

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Zamdela residents were angry with the government a year ago. Many say they will not vote because “politics is pointless”. Full story.

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Download our #Elections2014 smartphone app for election updates from around the country. mg.co.za/savotes

12:21:39 pm - Wed 7 May

“We can vote and [it's] relatively peaceful, isn’t it? Wonderful! Wonderful!”- The Arch.

Full story via Times Live.

12:16:47 pm - Wed 7 May

Everyone’s favourite puppet, Chester Missing, has been dishing out some voting advice on Twitter.

Take a look:

12:11:53 pm - Wed 7 May

Here’s a round up of Born Free thumbs who were excited to go out and vote today:

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Violence on the eve of the elections threatened to deliver on Bekkersdal residents’ promise not to vote, but peaceful voting has since begun there. Full story.

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Get live Twitter updates from all over the country by following our reporters on @mg_reporter

11:55:43 am - Wed 7 May

Marikana votes:



(Pictures: Oupa Nkosi)

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Unsealed ballots are being reported in Sea Point where Mamphela Ramphele is in attendance. Story to follow.

11:41:30 am - Wed 7 May

Update from the IEC:

11:37:46 am - Wed 7 May

Agang’s leader questions some unboxed ballots

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The world’s most popular search engine has produced a “Google doodle” to mark South Africa’s fifth democratic elections. More here: A doodle from Google for Elections 2014.

11:18:42 am - Wed 7 May

While you’re waiting… Watch: Malema’s Gift of the Gab.

The EFF leader proved to be quite the comedian at the last EFF rally.

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The Arch has arrived in Milnerton to cast his vote:

11:08:54 am - Wed 7 May

For the latest news and data analysis of the fifth democratic elections, check out this special report.

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VF and WASP are listed right at the top while all the others are in alphabetical order.

Is there a reason for this?

Yes there is. Herewith the explanation from the IEC.

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Bekkersdaal votes:


(Picture: Madelene Cronje)

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Voting day in Khayelitsha:

Election Day Voting Khayelitsha DH 2420

(Pictures: David Harrison)

10:44:44 am - Wed 7 May

Helen Zille poses with a group of Born Frees in Rondebosch this morning.

10:42:06 am - Wed 7 May

All the parties listed on the ballot are in alphabetical order except for the VFPlus and WASP which are listed right at the top. Anyone know the reason for this?

10:29:26 am - Wed 7 May

The great race to the poll?

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Tactical voting is not simply about keeping the ruling party out of power. It’s about helping it stay on its toes. So how does a voter do that?

Read this piece to find out how to make the most of your vote.

10:16:40 am - Wed 7 May

Follow our reporters on @mg_reporter for updates from around the country.

10:13:40 am - Wed 7 May

President Jacob Zuma has just arrived at Ntolwane Primary School in Nkandla to cast his vote.

10:10:56 am - Wed 7 May

A few post vote words from Mamphela Ramphele

10:09:12 am - Wed 7 May

No news of Helen Zille’s vote yet. Although, she seems to be dealing with logistical issues with the IEC.

10:07:03 am - Wed 7 May

Gweezy drops it in… Easy:

10:05:32 am - Wed 7 May

Twitter has more South African followers during this election than any other. And political parties have used the platform through out their election campaign strategies to highlight points in their manifestos as well as reach out to the public in conversation. Today is no different…

EFF leader Julius Malema has just cast his vote alongside his grandmother:

10:00:11 am - Wed 7 May

Voting stations in Bekkersdaal are supported by the military security.

9:57:42 am - Wed 7 May

Even Google is on board. Go and cast your vote.

9:56:50 am - Wed 7 May

Voting fatigue/confusion/anxiety?

Elections are difficult. So as you make your way to your designated voting stations, here are nine things to remember when casting your vote.

9:55:08 am - Wed 7 May

Several of the M&G’s journalists are observing election day proceedings country wide. You can follow their live updates on @mg_reporter.

9:52:19 am - Wed 7 May

“Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the ANC have butted heads outside the Seshego polling station where EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to cast his ballot later this morning.” – Reports City Press.

9:47:20 am - Wed 7 May

Death to the selfie. Long live the thumbie.

South Africans country wide rose bright and early to check their boxes at voting stations. Since the IEC warned that selfies in booths would not be allowed, many decided to opt for the “thumbie”- Proof of their voting status.

Let’s take a look:

9:28:00 am - Wed 7 May



The scene where two IEC tents were burnt in Bekkersdal last night during acts of violence. There is no sign of drama this morning. – Bekkersdal photos by Paul Botes

9:25:21 am - Wed 7 May



Scenes from last night in Bekkersdal, where two IEC tents and a toilet were burnt.

9:18:43 am - Wed 7 May

City Press reports that members of the EFF and the ANC have butted heads outside the Seshego voting station where Julius Malema is due to cast his vote later in the morning.

8:57:44 am - Wed 7 May

Voting is now under way in Wonderkop and is running smoothly. Some voters say they feel influenced by the Marikana massacre and expressed anti-ANC sentiment

8:36:26 am - Wed 7 May

Voting under way in Zamdela where violent service delivery protests erupted over a year ago. Voters are slowly making their way to Nkgopoleng School this morning.

8:34:22 am - Wed 7 May

Another voting station in Wonderkop, Maruatona Primary, is also not open yet – the scanner is not working, according to an IEC official.

8:33:01 am - Wed 7 May

Rakgatla High School voting station in Wonderkop is still not open. No IEC officials have come out to talk to people yet.

8:31:42 am - Wed 7 May

All quiet in Bekkersdal this morning after two voting stations and a toilet were burnt down – no real sign of rioting or high drama.

8:28:15 am - Wed 7 May

Follow the M&G’s live blog for updates from around the country as South Africans prepare to vote in the fifth democratic national election.

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Oscar Pistorius: Live blog

Oscar court

Follow the M&G’s live blog for all the updates  on the closing arguments of the Oscar trial as they happen.

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Nel is meticulously going over the details of the bathroom incident. Questions why Reeva would take her cellphone with her into the bathroom at 3pm?

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Court is once again in session after a tea break. Nel is going through a lot of details and highlighting all the holes in Oscar’s version of events. Says the athlete lied from the onset and then used more lies to cover up the initial ones.

11:19:31 am - Thu 7 Aug

Court is adjourned for tea.

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Nel is going through Oscar’s version of the fan incident. Implies that there is some fabrication to the story on Oscar’s part. Says oscar lied about moving the second fan, to give Reeva time to go to the bathroom without him being aware of it.

11:04:12 am - Thu 7 Aug

Nel now running through the line of questioning regarding the incident on the balcony. Accuses Pistorius of pretending to misunderstand the line of questioning, and highlights the fact that the accused blamed Roux.

10:54:01 am - Thu 7 Aug

Nel is going through the entire case with a fine tooth comb.

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Nel: if the weight of each piece of evidence (from Oscar Pistorius) is that of a feather, if you pile that on a scale, the scale will convincingly balance in favour of the state.

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Nel: then the accused goes on to blame “Nel” by calling Pistorius a “liar”. It happened once, the court reprimanded me, and I never used the word “liar” again. It would be good to check the record to see where it happened again.

10:16:45 am - Thu 7 Aug

Nel says nowhere in the heads of argument does it say the accused was a good witness. In fact, there are paragraphs admitting that he was not a good witness but attempting to explain why this was so.

10:15:01 am - Thu 7 Aug

Nel says Pistorius entered a third defence. “He himself was confused as to which defence he must use.”

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Nel: normally I wouldn’t read the difference between hearing “noise” and “movement” so carefully. But in this case, we have to.

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Nel is claiming that the sound test were ineffective as they were carried out outside when the original incident took place indoors.

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Nel finds holes in the defense’s argument so far… Mentions that they failed to supply the witnesses they promised, and says that evidence presented was very weak.

9:49:06 am - Thu 7 Aug

The Oscar trial has started and prosecutor Gerrie Nel has commenced with his closing arguments.

Nel is driving home the fact that he feels as though Oscar takes no responsibility for his actions. Adding that the defense will argue the case for anxiety.

1:01:21 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Court adjourns for lunch.

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When he heard the toilet door slam, he says it confirmed that the intruder was in there.

12:56:59 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He says he made his way down the passage without his legs on.

12:54:50 pm - Tue 8 Apr

It’s at this point he reached for the gun…

12:54:03 pm - Tue 8 Apr

When he thought it was a burglar, the first thing that came to his mind is that he needed to protect Reeva and himself.

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It’s at this point that he heard the bathroom window slide open and hit the door frame.

12:49:51 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He sobs as he recalls getting up to close the doors.

12:49:07 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He says he woke up in the early hours of the morning on February 14th when he noticed the doors were still open.

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Post adjournment, Oscar returns to court in a white t-shirt and shorts. Roux says he will demonstrate the removal of his legs.

12:37:20 pm - Tue 8 Apr

As he recalls the gift, he breaks down. Court adjourns for 5 minutes.

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Oscar says they had both agreed not to make a big deal out of Valentines day, but when he got home on the 13th, there was a wrapped gift from Reeva on the table. He pretended to open it, but was told he could only open it the next day.

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While he shares these events, his voice starts to become very fragile.

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After the stretches and phone call, Reeva called Oscar to brush his teeth. He did so and then proceeded to get into the bed on the left hand side of the bed because his right shoulder was bothering him.

12:31:03 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:30:35 pm - Tue 8 Apr

The TV was on, Oscar and Reeva chatted. She surfed the internet occasionally showing him pictures while he decided to phone his cousin.

12:28:06 pm - Tue 8 Apr

The alarm was also activated. And he had a button nearby he could press to activate it.

12:27:19 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:26:29 pm - Tue 8 Apr

The purpose of the bat as an additional security measure was to jam the door closed in the event of the lock failing he explains.

12:25:28 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:24:44 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:23:18 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He then pulled the blinds and curtains to avoid the bugs from coming in.

12:22:20 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He says he placed the fans between the semi shut doors to try and get the warm air out.

12:21:56 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:20:26 pm - Tue 8 Apr

By the time he got upstairs, it was about 8pm. The aircon was not working and it was humid so he opened the balcony doors.

12:19:18 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:18:59 pm - Tue 8 Apr

After dinner, they cleared the table, he went upstairs and she followed soon after.

Says they had a taxing day, and would ordinarily have stayed and watched TV.

12:17:55 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Reeva was in the process of signing a new contract, so he went through it with her, making amendments.

12:17:25 pm - Tue 8 Apr

After chatting a bit at the dining room table, they had dinner shortly after 7pm.

12:14:48 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:14:34 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Referring to the iPad, Oscar says that while Reeva was cooking, he used it to surf the net and look at cars.

12:13:12 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:12:46 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:12:12 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar said he had planned a boys night, but Reeva, preferring to spend time with him and not have a girls night of her own, offered to cook for Oscar. He arrived after 6.

12:11:10 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:10:46 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explains that on the afternoon of the 13th, he met with friends. “I didn’t have any plans for the afternoon”, he explains.

12:09:14 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:08:42 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Now on to the night of the incident in question.

12:06:39 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:03:58 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar says they were both to blame. He should never have asked to see the gun in the restaurant and Fresco should not have handed him a loaded weapon.

12:02:41 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar says it’s at this point that Fresco said he would take the blame.

12:02:07 pm - Tue 8 Apr

Angry at Fresco for handing him a live weapon, Oscar handed it back to him.

12:01:18 pm - Tue 8 Apr

He admits that asking to see the firearm was stupid.

12:00:57 pm - Tue 8 Apr

12:00:31 pm - Tue 8 Apr

11:59:27 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux now moves on to the Tasha’s incident.

11:58:40 am - Tue 8 Apr

There is a dispute here between Fresco who says Oscar fired and Oscar who has now denied.

11:58:07 am - Tue 8 Apr

Says actual shooting of gun through the sunroof “never happened”.

11:57:48 am - Tue 8 Apr

Fresco was then issues with a fine, and Oscar, after being at a friends house that evening, left for Scotland.

11:56:30 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar admits to being angry at the lost ejected bullet that the cop released in the car. He could not find it. “I was angry he’d handled my firearm” .

11:55:20 am - Tue 8 Apr

In the re-telling of his version of events, Oscar is asked by Judge Masipa to slow down. He is talking too fast.

11:53:19 am - Tue 8 Apr

11:52:45 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar says that when he asked for his firearm back, the police officer became aggressive.

11:52:11 am - Tue 8 Apr

When he exited the car, Oscar says he left the firearm in the car. Did not take it with him.

11:51:35 am - Tue 8 Apr

At this point, Oscar exits the car, to try and diffuse the situation.

11:51:01 am - Tue 8 Apr

11:50:35 am - Tue 8 Apr

AFter initially being pulled over, Fresco, along with Oscar and Sam were pulled over a second time.

11:49:11 am - Tue 8 Apr

11:48:25 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux moves to the incident of Oscar shooting the sunroof of the car with his ex Sam Taylor.

11:47:03 am - Tue 8 Apr

Reeva then let Oscar know she was going to his house to do laundry. He told her she could spend the night there.

Roux now moves to the discharging of the firearm.

11:44:16 am - Tue 8 Apr

The meeting was with a financial advisor. She was just wishing him luck.

11:43:50 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explains that the message Reeva sent him was in relation to a meeting he had.

11:42:18 am - Tue 8 Apr

One of the February 13th messages from Reeva say that she is thinking about him and wishing him luck.

11:38:26 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux now moves to messages sent on February 13th.

11:37:05 am - Tue 8 Apr

Court has resumed after the tea break.

11:16:10 am - Tue 8 Apr

Court adjourns for tea.

11:15:29 am - Tue 8 Apr

When she asked if she could have coffee with Warren, he responded that he will say her later “xx”.

11:14:41 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar is explaining Reeva’s relationship with Warren now… her ex boyfriend.

11:13:47 am - Tue 8 Apr

There’s a lot of exchanges between them about who misses who more. Roux moves to February 12th. Reeva sent a message saying: “See your woman told you, you looking good”.

11:12:22 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux continues on to the evening of February 11. He asks Oscar to continue reading it out. Reeva sent Oscar a message to say she misses him.

11:03:17 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux moves to the messages on the 1st of February now. Slowly nearing the night of the incident.

11:01:31 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar is extremely emotional now. Cradles his head in hands as he reads out the text he sent Reeva: “I miss you so much” .

10:58:44 am - Tue 8 Apr

Now Roux addresses the texts sent from January 29

10:50:40 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar’s ex girlfriend has just live tweeted a response to his reactions on the stand regarding the line of questioning as well as their relationship – when he accused her of being unfaithful.

10:38:55 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explains why he mentioned that Reeva was not happy and why he addressed that in one of the texts. He says that she was stressed about a shoot and her diet and did not feel happy. He says he was trying to supportive.

Now on to the leopard dress text. She asked Oscar if she could wear the dress, Oscar replied that she should enjoy the night. And that he loved the dress because she looked amazing in it. He followed on with saying that he wished he was with her.

Roux wants to know how he felt that she went to functions without him… He explains that the nature of their work was that way. He was unhappy that he could not be with her but it often happened that they had events in both their lives they could not attend.

Later on Reeva sent a picture saying that she wished he was there too. And he responded with kisses back and told her she looks “amazeballs”.

10:33:37 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux now moves to the exchanges between them on January 16. Oscar very emotional now at the recitation of these messages out loud to court room.

10:30:50 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux wants to know about “boo” now. Oscar explains that it’s a term of endearment.

10:30:09 am - Tue 8 Apr

The line of questioning now moves to Oscar’s previous girlfriend, Sam Taylor, who sent several texts to Oscar asking him to reconcile. She believed Oscar had cheated on her.

10:26:08 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar confesses that Reeva received a lot of hate mail as a result of dating him.

10:23:51 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux still addressing a lot of the text messages between Reeva and Oscar.

10:08:34 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux wants to address the state’s use of specific messages now, that they raised questions about earlier in the trial.

10:07:23 am - Tue 8 Apr

Page 224′s last messages reflect the kisses and the “baby”, with no reflection of who sent the messages, but the additional page reflects who sent it. The judge clarifies the times of the messages and all seem resolved.

10:06:05 am - Tue 8 Apr

There is still confusion about where the additional page fills in. Nel is contesting here. Because Roux is making it seem like the pages reflect that the argument is over. Nel does not understand. The judge says she understands that the kisses imply the end of the argument and that it follows.

10:03:28 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux asking to turn to page 375 now… Some confusion here, the page seems to be missing. Roux is handing out the page in question now.

10:02:55 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux trying to get to the bottom of the “Baby” text. Oscar explains that it was a text from her to let him know she was thinking of him.

10:01:27 am - Tue 8 Apr

The Whatsapp that followed was “three kisses”… IE: xxx, which Reeva responded to with five kisses: xxxxx

10:00:24 am - Tue 8 Apr

“I’m sorry I wanted to go but I was hungry and upset” – Oscar’s message.

9:59:54 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explained that he responded to Reeva apologetically. And tried to explain what happened.

9:57:22 am - Tue 8 Apr

When they left, Oscar says he dropped Reeva off at her place, and they did not talk until Reeva sent the message.

9:56:46 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar explains that the exchange happened on a bad day in their relationship. On the day he was running late and had to give Reeva’s friend a lift. They had an enjoyable morning, but he had mentioned that he could not eat the food there due to diet restrictions so they agreed they would leave at the same time.

Reeva started talking to an unknown gentleman, Oscar was upset that she had not introduced him even though he was standing next to her. “I felt maybe insecure, or jealous. She started tickling my neck… and I was not kind to her the way I should have been”.

9:53:22 am - Tue 8 Apr

“I’m scared of you sometimes and how you react to me…you make me happy 90% of the time” -Reeva.

9:52:06 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux turns to page 223 of 343, messaged sent on the 27th of January. Roux asks Oscar to read the exchange to the court. It’s the message where Reeva was at her friends engagement.

9:49:38 am - Tue 8 Apr

Roux is currently going through a Whatsapp exchange between Reeva and himself. The exchange occurred during the Confederations Cup opening which Oscar participated in. Reeva was observing.

9:46:03 am - Tue 8 Apr

Oscar Pistorius is on the stand again today. Will he address the incident in today’s line of questioning?

2:41:00 pm - Mon 7 Apr

A debate going on now about Oscar’s state. Should they continue? The judge says he sounds exhausted and there is an agreement that they will adjourn until tomorrow.

2:40:11 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says he had too much on his mind to sleep last night. “The weight of this is extremely over-bearing”, he says.

2:32:26 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar said he got the bull terrier because he wanted a better watch dog. 3 years later he rescued an American Pitbull, who he said was very passive. Roux makes reference to a video of police interaction with the police. Oscar says the dogs were licking the police officers and very friendly.

His selection of the particular breeds were because he wanted watch dogs and he thought the Jack Russell would make a good alert dog.

2:29:07 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Round about December 12th, Oscar said he started looking for property in Johannesburg, so that he and Reeva could move in together.

2:22:12 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar has not been back to Silver Woods estate (his place of residence) since the shooting.

2:17:54 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Does anyone know what the average amount of times is for South Africans to encounter crime or be a victim of it? Oscar’s stats are pretty high in terms of the encounters he has shared. Or are his instances just more because of his status?

2:15:42 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says a similar, or the same car, has followed him on several occasions.

2:14:48 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar is now explaining the several instances he says he was followed home.

2:12:48 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Says that while he lived with his mother, there were several occasions where the house was broken into, and several items were stolen. He also mentions that many members of his family have been victims of violent crime. In 2005 Oscar’s home was broken into while he was in Manchester. He was informed by a neighbour. He returned from a trip a week and half later, to find his car roof had been cut. There was also an occasion where an intruder was in his garden. He says he had been shot at on the highway, and has more than once been followed home.

2:10:16 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Questioning now turns to exposure to crime. Oscar says everybody in SA has been exposed to crime. He offers the house break ins when he was growing up as an example.

2:09:00 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says he smoked dagga with a friend when his mother passed away at the age of 15. But has since not had any encounters with illegal substances.

2:08:16 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Roux asks Oscar whether he consumed any drinks on the day of the boating accident. Oscar says he had a drink but was not intoxicated.

2:07:25 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar is back in the stand as Roux continues his line of questioning.

12:58:33 pm - Mon 7 Apr

The judge calls for a lunch adjournment.

12:56:36 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Quick break to share this meme…


12:51:39 pm - Mon 7 Apr

“The Vaal river runs from East to West”… Oscar is talking about a boating incident he had.

12:45:51 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Roux asks if Oscar is involved in any charitable work. He says was part of an organisation that started Mine Seeker. A charity that saw to those who had disabilities due to land mines.

12:42:01 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says there is seldom a time when he does not have his prosthetic legs on. He keeps them on the side of his bed.

12:40:30 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says he had trouble travelling. The prosthetics make blood circulation hard when he sits in confined spaces.

12:38:04 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He was devastated when he did not qualify for Beijing. He missed the qualification time by a quarter of a second. It was a very hard time for him, he says.

12:35:41 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says that he thinks he really started to excel in athletics in 2009. He then goes on to revise a history of his winnings up until that point. Says that 2008 was a difficult year because of a case regarding the prosthetic legs and whether they had an advantage.

12:34:05 pm - Mon 7 Apr

The legs he started running with had been out for several years by the time he started using them. There has since been a lot of advancement. The ones he is currently using, have had no approved advancements left.

12:32:39 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He was offered a bursary to the University of Pretoria for athletics. While concentrating on that, he failed at academics, so he decided to turn professional. He mentions that there was not a lot of money in paralympics at that stage, so it was a bit of a struggle. But he mostly competed in able bodied meetings.

12:29:28 pm - Mon 7 Apr

“By the time we were informed she was sick, she was already in a coma” – Oscar Pistorius.

12:28:31 pm - Mon 7 Apr

The questioning again leaning toward Oscar’s mother and the effect that her passing had on him.

Oscar says even though his parents got divorced when they were quite young, there was a lot of contact between families.

“Everything we learnt in life I learnt from her”, he says.

12:26:44 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says his first disabled meeting was in 2014.

12:25:17 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says he was never much of an academic. But he participated in rugby and water polo, later moving on to athletics.

12:24:18 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar requested that he go to boarding school. After a discussion with his mom and family, he went to Pretoria Boys High.

12:23:19 pm - Mon 7 Apr

She (his mother) kept her fire arm in a padded bag under her pillow.

12:22:51 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar reveals that his mother would scared often, there were a few break ins at their home. His mom had a pistol.

Oscar is asked to speak louder… His voice still sounding fragile.

12:22:06 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Among others, Oscar and his brother tried canoeing and wrestling at school. His mother encouraged him to try things to overcome his physical disabilities.

12:21:14 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He says he got into a physical altercation with another kid at school who tore the buttons from his shirt. His mom defended him, telling the principle that she believed her kids should stand up for themselves.

12:20:20 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar says he did encounter bullying at school. When he revealed this to his parents, they encouraged him to stand up for himself.

“We were taught that we don’t cry to our parents at the end of the day”, he says.

12:18:56 pm - Mon 7 Apr

His prosthetic legs during primary school were heavy. Oscar says it was difficult with other kids – they are untainted when it comes to opinions…

12:17:58 pm - Mon 7 Apr

There is a lot of questioning around Oscar’s mother – And her reaction to his condition. He says his mom was care-free. She did not want him to see his disability as something that would hold him back.

12:16:48 pm - Mon 7 Apr

He explains that he was born with missing fibular – the bone between the knee and the ankle. He goes into detail about the amputation.

He received his first prosthetics when he was 13 months old.

12:15:46 pm - Mon 7 Apr

Oscar is now giving the court a bit of background on his upbringing.

Says he grew up in a loving house hold. He gets very emotional when he is asked about his legs. “The difficulty is when I do not have my legs on”. He explains that there is very little mobility and balance.

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Live blog: The Nkandla Report


Follow our live blog for all the latest updates on the release of the Nkandla report.

3:56:04 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Nkandla report has resulted in Madonsela talking for over 400 pages. She is understandably stumbling over her words and slurring a little bit.

3:48:07 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Read the original Nkandla story here.

3:07:20 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Read Thuli Madonsela’s full Nkandla Report and findings here:

Nkandla Report.

3:01:12 pm - Wed 19 Mar

COPE leader Lekota has a bit of a grin on his face. Can’t see the public protector properly. Swaps seats.

2:53:40 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Okay kids. The tuck shop has been cleared. It is housed in a building with other security measures and formed part of the initial security evaluation reports says Madonsela.

2:47:00 pm - Wed 19 Mar

And in other news, several Zuma supporters on Twitter are expressing their support using the tag: #HandsOffPresidentZuma

2:27:21 pm - Wed 19 Mar

2:26:53 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Thuli pauses for a long time after saying that she is unable to conclude whether the appointment of the architect was a conflict of interest.

2:22:16 pm - Wed 19 Mar

It is unclear why reasons for security were sufficient enough to deviate from the rules of the treasury.

2:21:44 pm - Wed 19 Mar

2:19:27 pm - Wed 19 Mar

The households in question were moved at the cost of R8 million.

“It is common cause that an excess of R250 million has been spent” -Thuli Madonsela.

2:17:30 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela is addressing how the expropriation act was not taken in consideration.

2:16:29 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Some Twitterati starting to worry about the instability in Thuli’s voice. They’re wondering what’s wrong. Pulling at straws for something sensational there guys? Settle. She’s a strong woman, I think she can handle it.

2:15:07 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela says the relocation of neighbouring houses at Nkandla was done at the state’s expense. And this is a problem.

2:15:03 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Attempts were made to inform the President of portions of payment proved by apportion document, but we don’t know if he received it.

2:10:57 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Did the president know that he had to pay and was he consulted as required by law?
How can everyone know what’s in it, but not know where it is now?

2:09:51 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: The disappearance of the document at a time when all involved were conversant on its contents is a matter of great concern.

2:09:21 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: We got a copy of the apportion document, and some items were ticked as for the owner’s account.

2:08:03 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Seriously, folks …


2:04:30 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: The Presidency argued strongly it would be unfair to ask a president to pay for his own security if done as public office bearer.

1:59:25 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Police letter to president is important because testimony says it was never the intention to ask him to pay for security upgrades.

1:56:09 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: There was never an intention to have the owner pay for these installations.

1:52:34 pm - Wed 19 Mar


1:50:51 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Minister of Police couldn’t explain why Nkandla should be included under the National Key Points Act.

1:47:43 pm - Wed 19 Mar

President Jacob Zuma was briefed on the Nkandla project from time to time – Madonsela

1:46:44 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: There was authority to install upgrades, but security had to be excised within Cabinet standards.

1:46:06 pm - Wed 19 Mar


1:43:33 pm - Wed 19 Mar

May 2009 security measures were posted at R27-million.

1:40:35 pm - Wed 19 Mar


1:39:46 pm - Wed 19 Mar

National Key Points Acts was dragged into the Nkandla project, but it wasn’t applied correctly.

1:38:46 pm - Wed 19 Mar

BTW, Zuma must report back to Parliament with his comments on this Nkandla report within 14 days.

1:37:34 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Security measures at private residences would not be automatic.

1:36:54 pm - Wed 19 Mar

How are privileges regulated? Through ministerial handbook. But it does not cover president, deputy and former leaders.

1:35:59 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Nkandla was declared a national key point on April 8, 2010

1:35:12 pm - Wed 19 Mar


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1:33:41 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Good question …


1:32:00 pm - Wed 19 Mar


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1:26:46 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela experienced lengthy delays in response to Section 79 notices. When asked to extend timelines, her office was threatened with litigation.

1:24:55 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Zuma was given a copy of provisional report and notice, PP received submissions from him and met with his lawyers.

1:24:19 pm - Wed 19 Mar


1:23:18 pm - Wed 19 Mar

She interviewed former minister of public works, former deputy minister of public works, and officials from public works, police and defence.

1:22:03 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: The investigation included correspondence between PP and presidency. First letter was in Jan 2012.

1:21:11 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Here’s the M&G’s story so far.

Nkandla report: Zuma unduly benefited from upgrades. Read it here.

1:19:45 pm - Wed 19 Mar


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1:18:08 pm - Wed 19 Mar

After the sensational headlines, Madonsela now gets into the nitty gritty of her investigation; the laws she was guided by and the conditions of her probe.

1:16:42 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Main legal instrument was Cabinet policy of 2003, national key points act, laws relating to public procurement.

1:16:21 pm - Wed 19 Mar

We looked at compliance, conduct of the president, and others involved in the upgrades.

1:14:39 pm - Wed 19 Mar

The period of the investigation is from May 9 2009 until end January 2014.

1:14:15 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: The state has made a major contribution to the President’s estate at the expense of the taxpayer.

1:13:27 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Security installations began shortly after he (Zuma) was sworn in as President of SA in 2009.

1:12:33 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Was the expenditure by the state excessive?

1:11:16 pm - Wed 19 Mar

There was a dispute about what the complaint was about.

Accusation 2: The procurement process was improper. 3: Conduct of Zuma may have been unethical

Was there authority for the implementation of security measures, buildings, and was it violated?

1:07:01 pm - Wed 19 Mar


1:05:36 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Public Works violated Constitution by diverting funds from two other projects, says Madonsela.

1:02:28 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: First allegation was published in 2009, but government only acted two years later.

1:01:39 pm - Wed 19 Mar


1:00:49 pm - Wed 19 Mar

BTW, Madonsela’s Nkandla report is titled “Secure in Comfort”.

12:58:21 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: I am…unable to find that his (Zuma’s) conduct was in violation of … the executive ethics code.

12:57:01 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: By the time I concluded this investigation R215-million had been spent and about R246-million expected to be spent when concluded.

12:55:55 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Zuma didn’t mislead Parliament willfully in his knowledge, approval of upgrades.

12:53:20 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: If a government becomes a law breaker it invites contempt for the law.

12:51:43 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: My office has a further responsibility to be accessible to all personas and communities

12:51:06 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Madonsela: Our job is to strengthen constitutional democracy.

12:48:32 pm - Wed 19 Mar


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12:44:52 pm - Wed 19 Mar

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela welcomes journalists and other interested parties. Thanks them for attending.

12:41:36 pm - Wed 19 Mar

And … it’s a go. The briefing has begun.

12:39:26 pm - Wed 19 Mar


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12:19:15 pm - Wed 19 Mar

If you need to catch up on the Nkandla saga, read the M&G’s special report here.

12:11:11 pm - Wed 19 Mar


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12:00:15 pm - Wed 19 Mar

A must read by Haji Mohamed Dawjee: In a fictional land, the ruler of a private residence, Nkandla, is determined to foil the public protector’s plan to bring about an end to the ANC. Read more.

11:58:48 am - Wed 19 Mar

Read: The M&G’s Sarah Evans on why the Nkandla report matters.

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Back from lunch and ready for more design goodness.

Up next, Dean Poole, the co-founder and creative director of Alt Group, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New Zealand.

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Good Morning

It’s day two of the Design Indaba conference. Let’s get this programme started

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Budget speech 2014: Live from Parliament


Follow our live blog for updates from Parliament during this year’s budget speech.

4:18:49 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Fukusawa believes that design should be intuitive

“Thinking takes time, feeling is in an instant”

2:29:47 pm - Fri 28 Feb

ART: A General Proposition, A Curious Visit, A Free Poster, A rhetorical question, A verbal question,  A Right Left, A postmodern Condition, A Great Mate, A Sure thing, A Fee Entry

9:24:24 am - Thu 27 Feb

Good morning everyone. It’s day two of Design Indaba 2014 conference. Let’s get this programme started.

3:25:07 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan now thanks his leaders for letting him serve in government. He also thanks his colleagues for their hard work and co-operation.

3:23:27 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan addressing the “born frees” now. More than 1 million South Africans turn 20 this year.

3:22:09 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan on service delivery, “We’ve heard your pleas and will improve our delivery mechanisms.”

3:19:41 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Access to basic services has grown rapidly and black participation in the economy has expanded. But this is not enough.

3:18:52 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Since 94 the average income of South Africans has increased by 30 %.

3:16:59 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Government is concerned with the debt of households, and would like to clamp down on lenders and debt collectors.

3:15:15 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Chief Procurement Office to ensure that government gets “value for money”.

3:12:02 pm - Wed 26 Feb

We should all send a message to the property industry in SA, “Why aren’t you honest in the deals you make with government”. There’s a lot of chanting in agreement here.

3:10:30 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Expenditure ceiling commits State to spending limits of R1.03-trillion in 2014/15, R1.11-trillion in 15/16

3:06:33 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Global tax policies are being used to counter harmful tax practices.

3:04:50 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan says the implementation of the carbon tax is postponed by a year to 2016.

3:03:13 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Legislation to allow for tax-exempt savings accounts will proceed this year, to encourage household savings

3:01:15 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Beer up by 9c per 340ml and R4.80 per bottle of whiskey. A lot of murmuring and unhappiness in the house. Gordhan assures everyone that this is in line with inflation.

On the 2nd of April, fuel levy’s increase by 12c/l.

2:59:24 pm - Wed 26 Feb

A lot of applause as Gordhan announces no tax increase.

2:57:47 pm - Wed 26 Feb

“Revenue collected next year will exceed one trillion rand.”

2:56:26 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Now Gordhan moves on to tax policies, “the moment you have been waiting for”, he says.

2:55:41 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan says the first islamic bond will be introduced this year, which is important – “We must invite new types of investors”, he says.

2:49:16 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan says Africa offers interesting opportunities with SA as the second largest investor.

2:48:22 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan says government has been in talks with businesses to figure out to make business easier in SA.

2:46:33 pm - Wed 26 Feb

“We project growth to increase from 2.7 % this year, to 3.5 % in 2016″ – Gordhan.

2:44:38 pm - Wed 26 Feb

SA will have opportunities and risks as well. We earn a lot of money by exporting our commodities. We must ensure that our fiscal and monetary choices keep inflation low.

2:43:28 pm - Wed 26 Feb

‘Terror’ Lekota looks a bit bored. Starts to have a quiet chat across the room.

2:42:18 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The African continent is expected to grow by about 6% per year over the next two years.

2:40:50 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Manufacturing development incentives are allocated R10.3 billion over the next three years, in addition to tax relief.

2:38:53 pm - Wed 26 Feb

2:37:56 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Employment creation is mainly the responsibility of the private sector.

Gordhan often reads suggestions out in parliament which have been made by ordinary citizens.

2:34:17 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Over the next 5 years R105 billion will be rolled out to rural municipalities for electricity, water, etc.

2:31:45 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Social infrastructure will see an increase of 30 billion to 43 billion.

2:30:56 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The 2014 budget again give special priority to education. Infrastructure backlogs are being dealt with.

2:29:26 pm - Wed 26 Feb

And now he’s on to education. R115 billion has been spent on higher education over the past 5yrs,including R18.6 billion on the National Student Financial Aid.

2:28:27 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan asks the house to applaud all the health workers in SA for increasing the mortality rate in SA.

2:26:38 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Foster care grant increase from R800 to R830.

2:25:29 pm - Wed 26 Feb

“Tremendous work was done in the last 5 years by this administration – which can be proved with numbers.” Gordhan is adamant here, very convincing.

2:24:08 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan on to employment now. He says we need to work together to create better opportunities for employment. There are strategies in place for youth employment. Says the new tax incentive program has 56, 000 beneficiaries.

2:21:05 pm - Wed 26 Feb

A renewed focus on accountability and quality in education as well as phasing-in of National Health Insurance will be focussed on.

2:18:41 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Expenditure has been reprioritised and the deficit will steadily decline.

2:17:07 pm - Wed 26 Feb

To make more rapid progress in creating jobs we have to grow our economy by 5% or more per year.

2:15:57 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan explains that the next government will offer details on the plans to deliver on the NDP.

2:13:49 pm - Wed 26 Feb

“We have saved this country from the worst impact of the global recession” – Gordhan.

2:13:12 pm - Wed 26 Feb

Gordhan now addressing the way SA dealt with the global economic crises, says we recorded positive growth since 2010.

2:09:23 pm - Wed 26 Feb

We have now turned the budget around where we’re not just spending on consumption but also capital investments explains Gordhan.

2:07:46 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The global economic outlook remains unsteady. Gordahn says South Africa expects a growth of 2.2% this year.

2:05:18 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The South African economy stabilised after the 2008 recession.

This budget will set out resource plans for implementation of the NDP.

2:03:12 pm - Wed 26 Feb

The budget speech has started. Minister Pravin Gordhan opens by explaining that even though a lot has been achieved in the past 5 years, there is a lot to be done.

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Follow our live blog for the latest updates from selected sessions of this year’s Design Indaba.

6:26:54 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Mathapelo Ngako-Mtati is community director of Monkeybiz bead project. All the profits from the sale of their artworks are reinvested back into community services including soup kitchens, food parcels and a burial fund for beaders and their families.


6:23:40 pm - Sun 2 Mar

This is Mikhail. Together with two other students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and two lecturers, he’s created this prototype electric scooter. It’s rechargeable (obviously), will carry you for 20km, and has enough oomph in its motor to take you up Kloof Nek.


6:18:19 pm - Sun 2 Mar

This is the notewall at the Cape Craft and Design Institute stand at the Design Indaba. They asked: how can we help you? What support do you need to improve your creative business?


6:04:08 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Street Sleeper bags are made from upcycled PVC advertising boards. The bags provide protection against the elements at night, and double up as backpacks during the day. Designer Oliver Brain’s ultimate goal is to raise awareness around homelessness and the economic disenfranchisement that goes with it. The production process of these bags provides employment for homeless people and local businesses, and the Haven Night Shelter in Woodstock, Cape Town, is currently the main distributor of Street Sleeper bags.


5:31:19 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Design Indaba 2014 Expo: Simone Biggs created the Edu Chair, a product which combines a chair design with educational elements, numbers, letters and games. She came up with the idea while volunteering at a container library project in Grabouw.


5:27:16 pm - Sun 2 Mar

John Newdigate is a ceramicist based in Swellendam. He grew up in Cape Town, next to the sea, and worked on fishing boats before he took up ceramics some 25 years ago. Many of his designs reflect his roots, with fish, birds and even plankton featuring on his ceramic bowls. This is his first year as a solo exhibitor at the Design Indaba.


5:07:46 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Design Indaba 2014 Expo: And the winner is … Steam 1886! This short film, directed by Adrian Lazarus and Nicky Felbert, has just been voted the Most Beautiful Object In South Africa. It’s a short fantasy fashion film showcasing the fashion, hats, gadgets and lifestyle of a possible 19th century steam culture. The film was shot inside one of Cape Town’s creative hotspots, Truth Coffee. The film won an award for ‘Best Art Direction’ at the International Fashion Film awards in LA last year.


4:56:23 pm - Sun 2 Mar

Design Indaba 2014 Expo: Makoko is an aquatic community of 100,000 people in Lagos, Nigeria. To address tidal changes and varying water levels, NLÉ designed a safe, floating structure that also uses renewable energy, recycles organic waste and harvests rainwater. Habitation for a changing world.image

5:46:29 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Audience Sings. Finally he asks, “What worked today” before you go to bed, think of three things that worked today. Video, ‘laughing yoga for success’. Thank you Design Indaba! We are happier!

5:42:54 pm - Fri 28 Feb

What makes us happy: Many friends, good friends, sense of accomplishment, non-repetitive activities, religion, singing in groups >>>> MAKES THE AUDIENCE STAND UP>>>> THEY ALL START SINGING TOGETHER, KARAOKE STYLE, ALL THE WORDS THAT COME UP ON THE SCREEN. “I WANT YOU TO BELT IT!” HE SHOUTS.

5:40:15 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Now is better (video)

5:37:35 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Steven Pinker, Remarkable decline in violence of the last 2000 years.

5:36:29 pm - Fri 28 Feb

His foolproof guide to happiness. Get into a car/ bike/ bicycle, plug into your music (10 tracks that don’t remind you of anything) and go, without destination. The beauty of uselessness.

5:34:41 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Was there something during Indaba? Make a deadline and stick to it, right now.

5:33:24 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Passionate love is much stronger than compassionate love- for six months. But for longer than that it becomes impossible to uphold. The couples that he interviewed that had been together for fourty years said that they were in compassionate love, with a bit of passion thrown in.

5:31:10 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Humility. “I don’t give a shit about it.” References his banana wall, a two metre wall of banana’s that sits in the gallery, starting fresh & slowly rotting.

5:29:34 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Empathy. Feel every feel.

5:28:51 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Thankfulness. “I’m just not a very thankful person” Often forgets to thank the organizers who invite him to talk at these conferences. Invites Ravi Naidoo up to stage and hugs him. Audience cheers.

5:27:26 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Smile detection software. Sculpture lights up when you activate it with your smile.

5:26:10 pm - Fri 28 Feb

I told my dad he should embrace his failures. He cried, and then he hugged me.

5:25:14 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Emotions: Sadness, Joy, Disgust, Surprise, Fear = only one ‘happy’ explains our Negativity Bias. If I am in danger, my body can sense it long before my eyes can send it back. Developed from our ancestors. “I would have a much fuller life if i overcame my fear more often”

5:22:32 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Even though we think we make these decisions ourselves, there are {statistically} more Dennis’ who become dentists and more Paula’s who marry Paul

5:20:57 pm - Fri 28 Feb

The rider & the elephant: the rider thinks it can tell the elephant what to do and where to go.

5:20:11 pm - Fri 28 Feb

The Happiness Hypothesis. Author is a scientist, so back up the theory with proof. “It’s about the big level of Happiness” His three most efficient strategies. Meditation. Cognitive Therapy. Drugs.

5:18:18 pm - Fri 28 Feb

The Happy Show is now in its fifth running. Now open at MOCA, L.A

5:16:09 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Men are as happy as women. Regardless of climate, income, white people are as happy as black people, older people are as happy as young people, religious people are happier than non-religious people, married people are happier than single people.

5:13:02 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Shows some of his happiness research, apparently South Africa is supposed to be ‘profoundly unhappy’. It is helpful to talk about happiness in terms of length. Factors affecting happiness: 1 Activities: non-repetitive behaviour. 2. Life Conditions. £. Genetics.

5:10:00 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“The Happy Show” Beginning his transition from the page, to the screen, preparing for his first film. Shows some of the moments from this infamous work, proclaiming proudly, “if you don’t ask, you won’t get”

5:06:16 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Wants to talk to us today about the possibility of talking about happiness in a certain way. White screen. Talks about the heat on the edges of the screen, like Table mountain. “All we could hope for from life is the transformation of misery into utter happiness.” Freud, his fellow austrian.

5:03:59 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Let the keynote begin! Sagmeister says “HELLO! My name is Stefan Sagmeister and I just had a fantastic pee.”

5:02:55 pm - Fri 28 Feb

He posts a quote: “A good designer is capable of objective sketching” and says ”We have to step back to step back and harmonised with our environment”

What an absolutely selfless designer. Always putting the needs of other before his own in designing FOR people and not FOR himself.

5:01:04 pm - Fri 28 Feb

He showcases a number of his designs for a company called Moji. One of which is a one slice toaster. A ONE SLICE TOASTER. The most intuitive thing if ever there was one.

4:59:52 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Chuckles about his running over time, skipping through a huge number of his designs. The extent of this man’s work is mindblowing. Lighting, furniture, phones, product packaging, lamps, the cd player to be mounted on the wall. And all of them, wonderfully, intuitively designed.

4:57:59 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Jokes about the name of his marble tables. When he made smaller ones he called them “Poodle” and a friend asked what will you call the bigger ones when you make them. They ended up being called “King Poodles”.

4:56:19 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Fukusawa talks about his inspiration for his designs and how people say that they have seen it somewhere before, but not:
“I always focus on your mind, not just the things I want to make. I find it more interesting to read your mind and your body and then make outlines to make something to fit in the environment. My product’s already in your mind you just haven’t seen it”

4:52:36 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“In order to make an outline in the air, we have to think about the life we already share. Shape does not have to be complex. It should be simple. You can understand the quality of simplicity. Objects should not be out standing. That’s why I keep designs simple”

4:50:58 pm - Fri 28 Feb

He designed a bookshelf with triangular shapes in the shelves to keep books from sliding off, as they do on standard bookshelves.

4:49:58 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Fukusawa’s chairs are shaped to mould to the human body — again the more intuitive way of designing — with a zipper at the back so the covers can be easily removed and changed.

4:46:26 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“When you understand how people do things you can predict the future. All human bodies behave in the same way if the environment is the same”

4:45:35 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Shows the picture of banana flavoured milk boxes that he designed, with the bright yellow and slight green colouring and stem of the banana, for a more intuitive design. Not all the fruit flavours he tried after that were as successful; the kiwi box looked brown and hairy and the banana one looked the best and most like the natural fruit.

4:42:14 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“You have to observe how people use things naturally, intuitively, around them”

4:41:28 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Active memory is the memory is the memory you normally use to memorise without thinking”

Shows a picture of a milk carton balanced on a fence where the carton rests exactly on the square of the beam of a fence. You don’t think consciously, but the fitting of the carton is intuitive using active memory.

A man uses the doors of a train as a mirror because of its reflective surface as a mirror. It’s not a mirror but it’s the an intuitive use of an object for an alternative use.

4:37:27 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Your body is more honest than your mind”

He uses examples of people using a bottle cap as an ashtray or a fence to hang coats or a piece of paper to jam an alarm bell to keep it from ringing, a door held open by a stool to keep the door of a bar open but not to let customers in yet.

These are examples of people using ideas for immediate solutions to problems without thinking too much about it. This relates back to Fukusawas “Without Thought” concept.

4:34:13 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Affordance is equal to interaction”

“Affordance is the random values each environments and situations presents to us” — James J Gibson

He explains by using the example of an umbrella stand. “We don’t need an umbrella stand if we have a groove in the floor (into which the umbrella can stand upside down without the assistance of a stand)”

4:31:40 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Designers need to understand what the need is and create for that need in the right way otherwise their “puzzle piece” will not fit in the “hole in the puzzle”, and not harmonise with the environment.

4:30:03 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Fukusawa talks about the unseen outline of things, how humans relate to the product and the product to the environment. Products aren’t just seen as elements by themselves, but we must look at how they interact with their environment. He uses a single puzzle piece as an example of looking at a single element, but a completed puzzle as the environment around that element. Knowing what to design is finding holes in the entire puzzle. If a design is created without looking at the environment, it could end up ill-fitting to the spaces we need them to fit in.

4:26:16 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Our world is made of mediums and matters (in the scientific sense).

The progression of design moves in the way it disappears into different spaces. The television for example has gone from a big box on a table to a television up against the wall. The same with telephones and kitchen products. Other products such as chairs tables and umbrellas still exist in their traditional form.

4:21:44 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“A word ‘world’ could represent a place where we belong rather than an aggregation of different nations”

4:17:29 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“So much has changed since when I spoke 11 years ago, but I’m still an industrial designer, but the design world has merged together to be integrated”

4:16:04 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Naoto Fukusawa last spoke at Design Indaba eleven years ago and has been asked to return ever since. He’s finally back!

4:11:41 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Tea break over and it’s the last stretch of Design Indaba Conference.

Next on the program is Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukusawa, one of the world’s most influential designers, well known for his “Without Thought” concept, where design thinking is closely linked to and informed by the subconscious.

3:41:58 pm - Fri 28 Feb

University of Free state uses art to expand peoples idea’s. Willem Boshoffs ‘thinking stone’ “It is to me, almost, an ultimate portrait”

3:40:06 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Bridget and Numsa. They go one day to visit Bridgets sister. Sister asks bridget why she didn’t have sex with men. She duly explained. Goes to bed that night and feels her panties being pulled down. Felt one of the men who was asking her about her sexuality about to rape her, ‘correctively’. She subsequently beats him with a metal rod. Numsa gets stabbed in fight. Later on they go to a party in PTA. Get called to police station. Find that Bridget’s sister had reported her to the police. Bridget was sent to jail for ten years. Learnt law in jail. Learnt that she could appeal her sentence. Submitted it to the supreme court. Judges free her. She spent three years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. “There is a tremendous amount of homophobia in the legal system, particularly in the townships. It is something we need to address in this country. “

3:33:56 pm - Fri 28 Feb

First portrait of the series is of a gun-maker. The sitter decides one day to use one of his own guns, having never fired one before. He hid in a plantation and waited for farmers to hit a bump in the road, hold them up when they needed his help. He was caught.

3:31:19 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“I wanted to meet people who had been in trouble with the law.” Made contact with a few, through organizations who assisted those previously incarcerated. Goes back to the scene of the crime with them. Recognizing the hurt it would pose his sitters, he offered to pay them for his curiosity.

3:28:26 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Zanele Muholi’s portrait on a bed with her partner. Outrageously beautiful.

3:27:20 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Antjie Krog requests a cover photo for her book of poetry. Shoots an old woman in the nude. Tension between the old woman, and her young breasts. Interestingly, the english version of the book sold more than the Afrikaans version.

3:25:14 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Looking for ‘experienced bodies’ to shoot nude. First sitter wasn’t working, she suggested a hat. Walks behind her, naked, to go upstairs and find a hat. “A photographers life is really a very interesting one.”

3:22:59 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Photo of Madiba. Taken not long before he became president. Went to his home at 5 in the morning whilst he was doing his morning exercises. Shoots him on a straight back kitchen chair. After Madiba’s press secretary refused, enraged at the thought of him in so simple a chair, Goldblatt retorts, “I want to shoot the president, not the furniture.”

3:18:52 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Albie Sachs: He was severely injured by a letter bomb sent by the security police. Shows next photo of Craig Williamson, the mad who bombed him, holding a cat on his lap. Secret Security spy. Looks a lot like Austin Powers’ ‘Doctor Evil’.

3:16:19 pm - Fri 28 Feb

- Detainees Parents Support Community: Parents weren’t allowed to share details of their childrens abuse. Became very active thorn in the side of the government. There were very few who were prepared to sit for a photo. One sitter did though. He had been in an incident of stone throwing. Police hauled him out of bed, in the middle of the night. Explains the brutal abuse of this boy for six days in detention. Met him in Kotze house. “I felt in him a kind of compassion, there was no hate.”

3:15:31 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Many people were being tortured by the security police. A lot of photographers would spend their time taking ‘evidence’. Became useful to lawyers, defending the victims.

3:10:45 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Boksburg. Ballet dancer on the stoep. Apothiosis of a young white woman trapped in middle class south africa.

3:09:31 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Hillbrow series. 1975. Obsession with peoples bodies that developed from taking peoples pictures. “You have beautiful hands, may i photograph them? I didn’t disclose which other parts I wanted to photograph.” She wanted to charge him 20c (a sex worker) he refused, eventually she gave in. Next up: ‘Freestate Balls!’

3:06:34 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Soccer Cup final, Soweto: Pivots around the mass of testosterone, photo comes to symbolise the palpable violence in Soweto at the time.

3:04:50 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Essay on Soweto for Optima Mag, at a time when it was unknown both locally and abroad. Suggested Peter Magubane, who was in solitary confinement, so he did it. “Soweto was not a slum, it was a vast series of government houses. Specifically designed to avoid them setting down roots.”

3:02:17 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Western Deep Levels, arrived and found that the compound manager had instructed every tribal group to present themselves to him in tribal attire. He didn’t want to make ethnographic portraits, but did it for them. The sitters.

2:59:41 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Ingewikkelde” meaning in photograph

2:58:29 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“I’m a prodder, i’m not really very creative.”

2:57:26 pm - Fri 28 Feb

A man who needs no introduction! David Goldblatt. A legend comes to talk with us.

2:54:17 pm - Fri 28 Feb

talks about his trade off, one /over/ the other: mind/matter, talk/lunch, lipstick/done, very/priced, credit/limit, so/you, cross/line, pull/sir, drug/dose, hand/heart, judgement/ruled, conviction/turned, voice/artist, all/effect, total/load, i’m/worked, fired/nothing, something/seen, sometimes/looked, it’s/here, take/world, gross/statement, invoice/due, brief/view, mull/this, don’t/think, drunk/fill, head/bowl, drugs/counter, fuss/nothing, left/dinner, talk/phone, come/here, long/due, black/coat, fire/head, start/again, sunset/water, so/kill, almost/, win/her, roof/head, baby/due, cry/milk, jump/moon, eggs/easy, pull/jumper, run/dog, roll/boy, victory/death, very/bearing, bridge/water, game/baby, not/you, chat/coffee, chosen/another, all/itch, not/yet, jump/fence, little/active, all/again, i’m/it, so/it

2:46:51 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“I’m a boy, i’m a broom, i’m a man”

2:46:07 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“I really love brooms, could’ve talked an hour about brooms. But i wont.”

2:43:13 pm - Fri 28 Feb

“Keynote quit unexpectedly, Jesus!” :-0

2:42:28 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Marcel duchamp noticed when looking at a comb that its the gaps that do all the work. He subsequently shows his fascination with holes in his own sculptures. Enormous spades.

2:40:18 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Expressing NZ culture, jokes about sheep helping through those difficult teenage years.

2:39:13 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Rebranding the NZ Opera, Using the O, using the japanese flag, verdi, comedy and tragedy masks

2:33:24 pm - Fri 28 Feb

ist list: rules for creativity to work within. Lists of ‘-ists’

2:30:51 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Uses ART mnemonic to explain Duchamp. “Only difference between art and architecture is the plumbing”

2:27:54 pm - Fri 28 Feb


2:26:59 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Creating structures and systems for creativity to work within. SATOR/ Rotor square, Diastics, Masostics,

2:23:47 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Speaks about his interest generating from an interest in fine art, most prominently sculpture.

1:42:56 pm - Fri 28 Feb

Back from lunch and ready for more design goodness.

Up next, Dean Poole, the co-founder and creative director of Alt Group, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New Zealand.

11:48:16 am - Fri 28 Feb

Their multidisciplinary approach using a range of platforms and materials makes it difficult, Roberto says, “To explain what we do”

11:45:23 am - Fri 28 Feb

A publication that consists entirely of quotes in a effort to manipulate structures in an abstract way. They put together quotes that provide commentary on each other, one of which is “Capitalism is boring” contrasted with McDonald’s “I’m loving it”.

11:42:44 am - Fri 28 Feb

Roberto introduces his and Rosario’s project Found Objects: Dialogue

11:40:22 am - Fri 28 Feb

Roberto on public installations and how people engage with them: “They go beyond their form and become something political”

11:36:41 am - Fri 28 Feb

Rosario and Roberto created an installation in Mexico last September. For the first time it was a fully public installation of a whimsical “bench” made of cardboard, packing tape and bubble wrap, covered in orange stickers

11:33:24 am - Fri 28 Feb

Roberto created long tables using cardboard tables that were still structurally sound. They later added fiberglass as the table top with the leg structure still cardboard.

11:31:37 am - Fri 28 Feb

Rosario and Roberto on their installations “How can you take it to a more primitive level, where tools don’t dictate what you design?”

11:21:24 am - Fri 28 Feb

And we’re back from the break. The next speakers El Ultimo Grito ask if design should be left to designers

10:49:26 am - Fri 28 Feb

Wrapping up for a 15-minute tea break: the perception of Africa is quite twisted. Design Indaba is an amazing platform that showcases the wonderful work happening here. 89Plus thanks #DesignIndaba2014 for the opportunity and for having provided the platform for the past 20 years.

10:42:41 am - Fri 28 Feb

Brand, who currently works for Athi Patha-Ruga, studied history at UCT

“Whose perspective is history told from?”


10:40:26 am - Fri 28 Feb

Jody Brand calls herself a visual artist rather than a photographer. She views her blog as her gallery space “I’m not a party photographer and I’m not a blogger.” All her subjects featured in her blog are active participants and can choose how they want to be represented. Her blog Chomma



10:35:01 am - Fri 28 Feb

Fine artist Haroon Gunn-Salie taking us through a project he undertook in an attempt to engage with social injustice issues, specifically related to forced removals during apartheid. He and a team went around Cape Town systematically covering up ‘Zonnebloem” signs and replacing them with “District Six”.

He thought he may be arrested. He has not yet had an official response from the City of Cape Town.

Watch the video here

10:11:10 am - Fri 28 Feb

Sekhukhuni grapples and engages with Post Apartheid urban experiences, the Internet, the idea of national consciousness, cultural expressions of community and more in his art. But essentially, he says his work, expands on his idea of what it means to be human; the concept of life; and perhaps try to re-imagine it beyond some of the wishy-washy social conscripts.

Follow Bogosi Sekhukhuni on Twitter @outgettingribs

10:01:39 am - Fri 28 Feb

Bogosi Sekhukhuni tells us: class differences were evident in Kensington, a middle-class neighbourhood where he grew up – wedged between areas known for drug dealers, prostitutes and gangsters. He’s explaining his frame of reference as a performance artist.


9:57:17 am - Fri 28 Feb

Simon Castets is the director and curator of the Swiss Institut, NY and co-founder of 89Plus. He’s introducing next speaker Bogosi Sekhukhuni, a Johannesburg-based writer and performance artist.

9:52:50 am - Fri 28 Feb

Check out 89plus.com for more info on the project. Watch this interview with curator Obrist


9:49:03 am - Fri 28 Feb

89Plus was created by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets – a project to digitally map a new generation of a group of artists.

The panel has just joined us on stage.

9:44:31 am - Fri 28 Feb

Diabaté announces their firm is creating Abidjan’s first school of architecture.

“Let us design the future of urban Africa”

Audience applause

9:41:20 am - Fri 28 Feb

Issa Diabaté’s firm is tackling issues of urban planning by experimenting with design; taking into consideration the climate by using transparency and openness – in essence trangressing classical notions of internal space by making terraces and gardens the main living space.


9:30:28 am - Fri 28 Feb

Issa Diabaté talking about architecture in West Africa.

Abidjan’s population has grown from 1.2m to 6.5m from 1979 to 2014 but “we are still living in 1970s urban planning”.

9:25:30 am - Fri 28 Feb

Chaka Chaka says, she has dedicated her life to fight malaria in Africa – she’s part of an initiative, Goodbye Malaria enabling Africans to raise funds and advocate against malaria, while creating employment across the continent through the manufacture of fabulous Shweshwe pyjamas.

9:18:27 am - Fri 28 Feb

Yvonne Chaka Chaka telling the audience that when her friend, Phumzile died a few years ago, she didn’t know you could die from malaria. “And I’m married to a doctor.”

9:15:54 am - Fri 28 Feb

First speaker is Ivory Coast-based architect Issa Diabaté, managing director of Koffi & Diabaté Architects and co-founder of the Koffi & Diabaté Group. But first … Yvonne Chaka Chaka is in the house.

Audience cheers, pleased to see her.

9:04:53 am - Fri 28 Feb

Morning everyone. Welcome to Day 3 of Design Indaba 2014.

6:31:22 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Signing out for today. Incredible speakers

Come back tomorrow for more

4:36:43 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Varied range of artists. Athi is street taught, Zanele went to Market Photo and Nandipha graduated from Michaelis. Common theme of race, identity, sexuality, gender and of course, art.

3:57:01 pm - Thu 27 Feb

A list of awards to introduce Zanele Muholi. Her mentor who speaks tomorrow is David Goldblatt. A photographer, she is a visual activist and particularly relevant considering all the laws being passed against homosexual

3:53:28 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Her bullfighting series is incredible


3:39:04 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Nandipha Mntambo uses cowhide instead of traditional sculptural materials like wood and steel.

3:35:26 pm - Thu 27 Feb

‘I had to purge,’ says Athi

3:31:09 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Athi blames himself, blames men for the catatonic state Africa is in. Men had to go, in order to create a utopia for Azania.

3:28:53 pm - Thu 27 Feb

My choreography is my costume,says Athi. It influences how we move, sit and engage

3:23:18 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Athi up first. His latest project FWWOA

3:21:18 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Athi Patra-Ruga, Zanele Muholi and Nandipha Mntambo chat to Serpentine gallery’s Hans Ulrich Obrist

3:18:53 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Scholten says, ‘as designers, we need to pay attention to consumer choices’

3:00:09 pm - Thu 27 Feb

another view of the mini


2:56:40 pm - Thu 27 Feb

The designers Scholten and Baijimgs who conceptualised the colour for one mini project downstairs at the CTICC share their design process. Here is the a look at the finished product. Stripped down to its bare design, they have taken apart the car so that its fans will be able to customise it, right down to a nomadic bag which you can magnetically attach to the car when you’re travelling and then take it with you when you need it.


2:49:31 pm - Thu 27 Feb


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2:39:32 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Lunch break over – delegates and speakers need to refuel and visit the expo, obviously. Here are some pics from walking around for 10 minutes. So much to return for and to take a proper look at. Photos to follow

12:36:08 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Great payoff line for car Space Fox, applicable to life and design possibilities and dream: ‘Whatever you imagine, fits’

12:31:06 pm - Thu 27 Feb

‘Never work under someone who is not better than you,’ advises Serpa

12:23:49 pm - Thu 27 Feb

Dave Trott as quoted by Serpa: ‘Complicated seems clever to stupid people’.

12:22:16 pm - Thu 27 Feb

‘Be unpredictable,’ says Marcello Serpa

12:13:33 pm - Thu 27 Feb

One of the most celebrated creatives in the world who is responsible for Havaianas is here – Marcello Serpa.

12:12:14 pm - Thu 27 Feb

After the financial crisis, they weren’t finding work so they started a company called Agent focusing on product design. They didn’t have any clients so they had a lot of freedom and created the first airless soccer ball with a radio-frequency chip so that referees wouldn’t have to run around after it trying to determine fouls. And you could watch live footage from images taken from within. It was never produced but won a lot of awards. There is also an incredible design for luggage with a pull-out section to transport kids around in, or that you could hop on so the suitcase becomes a sort of scooter. Or with an ergonomic design so you can sit and wait on it. The possibilities are endless. Rijkind implores us to ‘have an opinion, explore, there is no pattern’. This is a man who was in a successful band and opened his talk here at Design Indaba by playing drums. Incredible ideas

11:56:11 am - Thu 27 Feb

Rojkind asks ‘What is more stimulating – Times Square in New York or a park?’ He is working on a public cinema – Cineteca Nacional – with live concert spaces, parks within the building, an outdoor cinema. Instead of entering through a lobby, you would walk in through a park. The experience of being outside while we’re you walk inside. On the project, they have collaborated with different field experts, not because they don’t know what they’re doing but because, ‘We enjoy being “contaminated” with other people’s ideas’.

11:48:53 am - Thu 27 Feb

‘The way I hire people is not by portfolio but because they are thinkers,’ says Michel Rojkind

11:33:22 am - Thu 27 Feb

Next up, architect Michel Rojkind,based in Mexico City. While everyone streams in after a tea break, some in-house entertainment from Moonchild.

10:49:16 am - Thu 27 Feb

Margot asks David how the design of Five Hundred restaurant influenced the food. There’s a certified organic garden at the Saxon Hotel, where the chefs spend the morning talking food. They’ll spot a purple cauliflower, inspired to make something special with it. Even the energy of Joburg which David finds intoxicating moves him to create in different ways. He sees it as the next New York, pleads with everyone to visit downtown Jozi to look at the incredible buildings just waiting for something extraordinary to happen.

10:38:03 am - Thu 27 Feb

‘The chef’s role has become so much greater than what lands on the plate’ David Higgs

10:33:37 am - Thu 27 Feb

If you’re wondering whether you’ve ever sampled these extraordinary chef’s wonders, Margo Janse is exec chef at Le Quartier Francais Hotel in Franschhoek. She’s been there for 18 years. David Higgs is the exec chef at Five Hundred restaurant at the Saxon Hotel

10:27:27 am - Thu 27 Feb

‘My head chef was smoking pot under the extractor fan,’ says David Higgs. That’s what he loved about being a chef in the early days, the chaos called cowboy cuisine, deep frying whole chicken when it was unusually busy because of unexpected customers and they demanded food

10:23:34 am - Thu 27 Feb

‘That’s what I wanted, that magic in the kitchen,’ says Margot Hanse after working as a photographer but spending more time cooking.

10:19:04 am - Thu 27 Feb

The two chefs share their first experiences with food. Margot Janse: ‘I’m Dutch by birth, South African by choice’ talks about her mom pouring a plate of creamed spinach on her head when she refused to eat it and her father giving her beer at one-years old. David Higgs chats about sheep’s head, overcooked green beans and fishing days in Namibia. His career saw him start as a breakfast chef at the New Tulbagh Hotel in 1990

10:06:35 am - Thu 27 Feb

Next, Michelle Constant introduces two culinary rockstars, Margot Janse and David Higgs

10:05:36 am - Thu 27 Feb

DJ Stout is asked if there are any similarities between Texas and Cape Town/South Africa… ‘Everyone I’ve met from South Africa, loves to brag about it.’

10:02:24 am - Thu 27 Feb

The gentleman playing piano is Graham Reynolds from Austin, Texas, who did the score for movie Before Midnight. He’s certainly added a lot of drama to the talk. Powerful stuff happens when design meets music

9:52:08 am - Thu 27 Feb

We’re talking cowboy poetry. Who knew?

9:46:12 am - Thu 27 Feb

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DJ Stout shares his most iconic covers as art director of Texas Monthly.

9:32:56 am - Thu 27 Feb

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Screens are lit up everywhere, waiting to share. First up today is DJ Stout, a fifth-generation Texan. A pianist at a white grand piano adds drama to a video played on screen that scans across landscapes of fire damage and images of wild horses and cowboys

9:28:19 am - Thu 27 Feb

Good morning. It’s day two of Design Indaba 2014. Let’s get this programme started.

Wed 26 Feb

“Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain one,” Chris Gotz, Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town as Design Indaba gets underway at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

10:09 am- Wed 26 Feb
Chris Gotz talks about Ogilvy’s campaign to say “Goodbye” to the Citi Golf, which was then South Africa’s most loved vehicle. It was one of the most successful campaigns generating millions of rands’ worth of free publicity.

10:15 am- Wed 26 Feb
“Our ability to pay attention to the world is shrinking. Our heads are in our phones.” – Chris Gotz

10:26 am- Wed 26 Feb
Juliana Rotich, a computer scientist from Kenya, takes to the podium.

10:28 am- Wed 26 Feb
Juliana Rotich displays slide showing a map of fibre optic cables under the sea around the African continent. This reflects “how ships used to move around Africa”. Rotich says there remains a lot of opportunity to link Africans to other Africans.

10:34 am- Wed 26 Feb
Ushahidi.com is a non-profit open source software company for information collection started in kenya after the disputed 2007 Kenyan election to give ordinary citizens a voice. “We just wanted to do something,” says Juliana Rotich

10:37 am- Wed 26 Feb
“As designers we are here to keep a keen eye on what is happening because it pushes the boundaries of what is possible,” – Juliana Rotich

10:42 am- Wed 26 Feb
iHub, a collaborative workspace in Nairobi, has incubated thousands of upstarts, says Rotich. “We’ve got to create spaces where people are collaborating and doing things together.”

10:46 am- Wed 26 Feb
“Why do we use technology designed for London to Los Angeles when we live in Nairobi? Why don’t we design technology that is responsive to the African context?”

10:49 am- Wed 26 Feb
Rotich introduces the BRCK, a self-powered internet connection device. Follow the BRCK on @brcknet

10:55 am- Wed 26 Feb
Africa only has 15.6% internet penetration.
“There’s a link between increasing connectivity and increasing Gross Domestic Product,” Juliana Rotich says in closing.

11:35 am- Wed 26 Feb

Singer Nonku Phiri performs ahead of the next talk

Singer Nonku Phiri performs ahead of the next talk

11:39 am- Wed 26 Feb
Experimental Jetset is an Amsterdam based graphic design studio. Founders Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers and Danny van den Dungen are now speaking.

11:51 am- Wed 26 Feb
“We actually hate helvetica,” says Danny van den Dungen. Yet they use it a lot in their design. Much laughter from the audience.

11:52 am- Wed 26 Feb
The panel, Experimental Jetset on stage.

11:54 am- Wed 26 Feb
“With (Stanley) Kubrick we find there’s always a stylised existential terror.”
Marieke Stolk on one of their influences. Stanley Kubrick is probably most commonly known for the classic film ‘Clockwork Orange’

12:02 pm- Wed 26 Feb
As tweeted by @OgilvyCT

12:04 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“Language is, before anything else, material. It can be shaped in any way you like,” says Marieke Stolk

12:12 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Experimental Jetset say the structure of the Os Mutantes song “Bat Macumba” is an influence on their design style.

12:17 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“We realise we are basically scavenging the wounds of modernism…”
- Marieke Stolk

12:20 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Jake Barton is the next speaker. He is the founder of Local Projects, a New York-based design firm

12:24 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“Start with Yes,” says Jake Barton

12:35 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Jake Barton demonstrates how they have taken new technologies and translated them for a museum, for instance, not to change but to amplify the experience of being in a museum. Video shows people in art museums using various devices to engage with the artworks.


12:40 pm- Wed 26 Feb
If you spend too much time refining things it leads to producing “terrible work”, according to Jake Barton. “Until you see something working, you don’t get that moment where you are like ‘whoa, this is amazing’.”

12:52 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Jake Barton and his firm were commissioned to work on the 9/11 Memorial Museum project. Global call was made for people to share online their experience of that day in 2001. “When you go into the museum itself the first voice you hear won’t be a curator but other visitors telling you what their experience of 9/11 is.”

1:06 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“Improvisation and Love” is how Jake Barton ends his talk, shows video of people engaging with the Valentine’s Heart sculpture on Times Square, New York.

2:00 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Lunchtime is up! Next talk begins now in a packed auditorium.

2:11 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“On a daily basis we are making a mess,” says Ije Nwokorie as he opens his talk at Design Indaba. “If you think about the processes that matter to people- democracy, for instance, they are really messy things.”

2:13 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Nwokorie: “People’s desks have to be messy, a manifestation of themselves”

2:15 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Nwokorie is the Managing Director of Wolff Olins, a London-based brand consultancy

2:28 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Nwokorie and his firm sent a small orange box with a switch around the world asking people what it made them think of in a campaign for telecommunications company Orange. One of the answers from a Senegalese lady is that if she could switch that light on she wishes her country would instantly become part of the developed world.

2:33 pm- Wed 26 Feb
With the Virgin Media logo, Nwokorie’s firm made people engage with the brand by asking them to draw the ribbon logo in the air. “People need to be really free about how they use a brand. get more and more people to get involved in a brand.

2:36 pm- Wed 26 Feb
In Africa creativity is not an option. We kind of have to be creative in order to survive, have the ability to think through things, to understand that systems don’t always work. So, you have a natural inclination to think about a way around things.

2:41 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Nwokorie ends his talk by playing a video about a brand they worked on called “Little Sun”. Read more about the brand here.

2:45 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Audience getting a dose of inspiration from young design graduates from across the world, speaking about some of their designs.

2:54 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Ian Murchison, now on stage, worked at Blackberry as an accessories designer and when he felt he had “peaked” at Blackberry he went on to create his own design firm. “What I knew I wanted to do was to get away from electronics and start exploring different things using different materials. What we noticed, coming from corporates with huge resources, is that creating co-working spaces is really vital.”

3:05 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Dave Hakkens, currently speaking, designed Phonebloks. The Vision, as spelled out on his website, was to create a phone “worth keeping”. The designer turned down a job at Google and is still pursuing the dream of creating a phone worth keeping. Visit his website by clicking here

3:12 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Agatha Haines, a graduate of the Royal College of the Arts, is now on stage. She, in her own words, designed a “series of aerodynamic babies”. Audience seems quite entertained.She calls herself a “little Frankenstein” and designed entirely new internal organs, too. These organs can help prevent strokes and heart attacks. Quite interesting (and she’s funny)!
Visit her website agihaines.com

3:28 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Stefan van Biljon is from Cape Town. His thesis as an undergraduate at the University of Cape town in 2010 about spatial manipulation shows how the Cape Town landscape allows it to be a fortified city that was ideal for apartheid segregation.

4:15 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Tom Hulme is up next. He is design director at IDEO in London, an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centred, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.

4:16 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Singer Bongeziwe Mabandla performs ahead of Tom Hulme’s talk

4:20 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Tom Hulme speaking about technology.

4:32 pm- Wed 26 Feb
We’re all designers
We achieve more through collaboration
Tech is just a design tool
“Let’s stop structuring businesses with a digital team.”
- Tom Hulme

4:33 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Tom Hulme: “People say technology makes us anti-social. I guarantee that for the last 5 hundred years people were saying the same thing.”

4:35 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Tom Hulme: “Design has to address a real human need in a low friction way.”

4:41 pm- Wed 26 Feb
A few points as Tom Hulme speaks:
Technology changes rapidly but Maslow’s hierarchy of needs remains the same.

Great designers meet real human needs with lower friction and they make design delightful.

If you can’t start a project by first identifying a human need that it will address, don’t start it.

5:04 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Final speaker for the day Thomas Heatherwick, UK-based designer, is now on stage.

5:08 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Heatherwick designed the Olympic cauldron for the London Olympic games. Watch the video of it being lit to appreciate the gorgeous design…

5:18 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Heatherwick’s company was commissioned to design the building of a University in Singapore. The brief was that the lecture halls are to have no corners. This is what they came up with…
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5:35 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Heatherwick: “Somebody once said to me the sign of a rich city is that rich people there use public transport.”

5:38 pm- Wed 26 Feb
“When something is what people expect, their perception cone- I just made that up- closes.”

6:15 pm- Wed 26 Feb
Wrapping up the first day of Design Indaba 2014, Heatherwick announces a project he is working on with the owners of V&A Waterfront.
“Today is a chance to show a project that has a future here in Cape Town, it wouldn’t have happened without Ravi and the Indaba,” he says.
Heatherwick revealed, for the first time, the design of a new Museum for Contemporary Art that will be built by converting the old grain silo building at the Waterfront.
This is a sneak peek into what they envision the museum will look like…


How grand?

And with that… Day one of the Design Indaba draws to a close.
Heatherwick: “This is the most exciting presentation that I’ve ever had to give.”

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Live blog: State of the Nation address 2014

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Follow our live blog as our reporters bring you all the latest updates from the State of the Nation address.

3:13:05 pm - Thu 20 Feb

And he finishes his responses with :Compatriots, we have a good story to tell.

That’s it from the president’s SONA responses in parliament.

3:12:11 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma also makes mention of the fact that the appeal of Hon Ambrosini about decriminalising Marijuana for medicinal uses has been “noted”.

3:11:01 pm - Thu 20 Feb

2:57:41 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma: “One of the good stories of our freedom is the transformation of the SADF into an organization for peace”.

2:56:21 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Many people look at SA and forget it was a very funny country. Many had their rights deprived for centuries. A funny arrangement. Some South Africans were even deprived of their passports. If you compare SA with any country, in the past 20 years and say we are failing to move, it’s problematic because no country on this continent has moved so fast in such a short space of time.

Zuma says social grants are a way to deal with the development of issues because there is no way to deal with them. It is a means to an end.

When people make criticisms and comparisons they forget the above. South Africa was totally abnormal. You must appreciate that we are attacking a very serious problem that touches the poor, if you don’t know poverty, if you were always privileged, THIS situation will always be surprising to you.

He’s about to pick on Cape Town again. There are two cities in CT and no improvement made to the disadvantaged. Those people are called refugees in their own country. There has been no change. That is a continuation of THAT system that still continues in some peoples minds. That’s a problem. If you do not understand the problem then you are going “dream in parliament all day”.

He is brilliant off the bat, entertaining, engaging. Even with the irony of this money and poverty talk considering well… you know… the N word. IE: Nkandla.

2:50:16 pm - Thu 20 Feb

2:49:09 pm - Thu 20 Feb

“I want to see every child, especially those from poor households follow their dreams”. Zuma addresses Pandor’s statements about tertiary education and universal access to education.

2:44:12 pm - Thu 20 Feb

There is also mention of the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo at a low cost.

2:43:36 pm - Thu 20 Feb

“I am pleased to report to the house that Limpopo has turned into a good story”. Zuma refers to the debt accumulated :R2.2 billion rand. Now, the province has a cash surplus of over R4 billion.

2:39:59 pm - Thu 20 Feb

A few moans and mummers laced with the odd clap here and Zuma slates the Western Cape for using consultants in municipalities.

2:38:13 pm - Thu 20 Feb

“Many speakers have spoken about the work we have done in extending basic services – We have done exceptional work.” Zuma now responds to “some members” who raised issues with infrastructures in struggling municipalities etc.

2:33:39 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Now on to youth employment. Zuma says the forthcoming youth indaba which will be lead by the deputy president will bring together the youth and engage with issues like job creation and participation.

2:31:58 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma says during community radio sessions, the response was different from the public then from their leaders he says. The people are not campaigning. They are happy. “Ofcourse things have changed for them. If you have always been living in a good house, things have not changed for them so much, I don’t know…”

2:28:21 pm - Thu 20 Feb

2:25:55 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma addresses global economy and jobs now. “The state must intervene actively in the economy in the interest of the poor and working class”. Zuma tackles the question raised by Minister Davis now. He says the jobs fund has processed more than 3, 000 applications and approved more than 66 projects.

2:22:17 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma has left his script behind here and gone the freestyle route. Waxing lyrical about affirmative action. “W did not say whites cannot be part of the economy”. “People don’t realise that black people are not complaining about the lack of exclusion in the economy for centuries… They are saying let’s walk together now to correct it”. Zuma invites a debate on this, “if needs be”.

2:20:20 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Perhaps previous laughter is because of this little reference?

2:18:56 pm - Thu 20 Feb

As the camera pans, there a few seats in the house that are indulging themselves in a bit of laughter while Zuma recites this number.

2:15:54 pm - Thu 20 Feb

A lot of laughter here as Zuma jokes about the possibility of the ANC being in power for the next 5 years.

2:12:22 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma: “The ANC government has learnt from the experience of the past 20 years, we know what policies work and what does not work”

2:11:13 pm - Thu 20 Feb

2:09:38 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Many honourable members seem to either be listening intently or disguising their indifference by just looking as though they are listening intently. Hmmm…

2:05:24 pm - Thu 20 Feb

And again, he mutters, “Indeed we have a good story to tell”.

2:04:52 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Zuma starts off by thanking all the speakers who participated in the debate. He goes on to reiterate his main theme in SONA: The past 20 years and how SA is better than in 1994.

2:03:41 pm - Thu 20 Feb

Follow our live blog to receive updates of President Zuma’s responses to the SONA Debate in parliament today.

8:38:16 pm - Thu 13 Feb

And that’s it from #Sona2014. For the all the latest news and more of the in-depth stories on the address please visit our website at mg.co.za

8:29:39 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“Nkosi Sikelel’ i Africa
God Bless Afrika.
I thank you.”

As Zuma speaks these last words, the centre of the house raises to their feet in cheers. Members of the opposition and those situated on the sides remain seated.

8:26:45 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma jokes about the new government. Says people should guess who it will be. Laughs a bit at his own joke.

8:25:35 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“To prepare for that first State of the Nation Address by the incoming administration later in the year, we have over the past year, been working on a Medium Term Strategic Framework.
The Framework has been designed as the first five year building block of the National Development Plan, from 2014 to 2019.
It also incorporates key targets of the Industrial Policy Action Plan, the New Growth Path and Infrastructure Plan.
The intention is to table the draft Framework to the first Cabinet Lekgotla after the elections.
It will be refined by the new administration in line with its electoral mandate, so that work can start as soon as possible after the formation of a new government.
It has been an honour for my administration and I to build on the foundation laid by the first three democratic administrations, to serve the people of South Africa.”

8:23:00 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“We also recognise, in her absence, our Oscar Award-winning Hollywood star, Ms Charlize Theron.
Ms Theron is also the UN Messenger for Peace. She also champions the fight against AIDS especially amongst the youth and young women.
She was also honoured by the World Economic Forum with a Crystal Award.”

8:21:29 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma is now running through of cultural achievements made by South Africans.

“We congratulate Ladysmith Black Mambazo on winning their fourth Grammy Award last month. We welcome the group leader, Mr Joseph Shabalala, one of our guests this evening.”

8:16:43 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“Following requests from Sri Lanka and South Sudan for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, has been appointed as South Africa’s Special Envoy to the two countries.

His expertise in conflict resolution and negotiations as well as our country’s experience in this regard, will greatly assist the two countries to resolve their problems.
We will continue to strengthen relations with Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and countries in the South.”

8:14:07 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“Democratic South Africa’s foreign policy was shaped many decades ago during the fierce international campaign to isolate the apartheid state” – Jacob Zuma

8:12:23 pm - Thu 13 Feb

8:09:43 pm - Thu 13 Feb

The house is starting to get really antsy here while Zuma talks about protests and the violence surrounding them. He mentions the use of petrol bombs etc. And there’s a murmur from the members. One almost gets the feeling that someone wants to remind him that the use of bricks and petrol bombs just yesterday was by ANC members.

8:04:08 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma: “The Special Investigating Unit is investigating maladministration or alleged corruption in a number of government departments and state entities, through 40 proclamations signed by the President during this administration. We will keep the public informed of the outcome of the investigations.”

There were a few mumbles here, and someone uttered: “What about your investigations”? Zuma moves swiftly past.

8:02:43 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Need a break from the speech? Go take a look at the glitz and glamour from the red carpet earlier:

Bedazzled red carpet for Sona 2014.

8:00:33 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“However, the acute under-representation of women on the bench remains of concern. Of the judicial establishment of 239 judges, only 76 are women.
The challenge is to transform the legal profession broadly in order to nourish the pool from which female judges can be appointed.”

Implying that more women should go to law school so that the judiciary has more choices?

7:58:05 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“The independence of the judiciary has been further enhanced by the establishment of the Office of the Chief Justice as a separate institution from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. We have passed several pieces of legislation to support this new role of the Office of the Chief Justice.
Progress is being made in the transformation of the judiciary to reflect the race and gender demographics of the country.
The Chief Justice of the Republic continues to champion and lead this transformation.
Black judges (African, Indian and Coloured) now constitute 61% of all judges.”

7:57:32 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma thanks everyone involved in campaigns to help save the rhino. Mild applause from the house here.

7:55:40 pm - Thu 13 Feb

7:54:11 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“South Africans are now living longer”

7:53:42 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma moves on to the department of health now.

7:49:34 pm - Thu 13 Feb

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Plenty of laughter and applause when Zuma mixes the words next year up with the word sexy. He enjoys the moment. <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sona2014&amp;src=hash”>#Sona2014</a></p>&mdash; Mail &amp; Guardian (@MG_Reporter) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MG_Reporter/statuses/434021340040142848″>February 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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7:49:18 pm - Thu 13 Feb

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Zuma moves on to education now. &quot;The SA sign language curriculum will be offered from sexy… next year&quot; – he corrects himself. <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sona2014&amp;src=hash”>#Sona2014</a></p>&mdash; Mail &amp; Guardian (@MG_Reporter) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MG_Reporter/statuses/434021136847093760″>February 13, 2014</a></blockquote>
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7:46:05 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Read Jacob Zuma’s full State of the Nation speech.

7:40:50 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“Shale gas will be a game changer for the Karoo region and SA economy” -Jacob Zuma #Sona2014

7:38:59 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma now addresses the science and technology sectors. “Cheers”, he says before moving to the automotive industry which has created 50, 000 jobs.

7:28:36 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“In no way can we have conflict that destroys the economy” – Zuma speaks specifically to the miners and unions. Applause in support from the house once these words are spoken.

7:27:21 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Now he addresses mining as, “one of our key job sectors”. Makes reference to the targets where mining is concerned. Mentions that housing of miners will be worked on as well.

7:24:35 pm - Thu 13 Feb

7:22:49 pm - Thu 13 Feb

He assures the assembly that we will get stronger if government works together.

7:22:23 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Now… a more solemn tone as he addresses the fall of the Rand. “The Rand depreciated by 17.6% inn 2013″, he notes. Mentioning that this will make our infrastructure more expensive. “Export industries should take advantage of the weaker Rand”.

7:19:57 pm - Thu 13 Feb

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7:17:58 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma now addresses the recession, the effect it had on its economy and SA’s GDP growth – more than 3.5 trillion Rand. He says jobs are no being created again. There’s applause here.

15 million people have jobs in the country he says, and it’s the highest number ever in the country. 650, 000 jobs were created last year, he credits StatsSA with this number – says these numbers are not good enough. “Youth employment is still a concern in South Africa as it is in the rest of the world”, he says.

7:12:11 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“We’re able to overcome all the pain of the past and build a new society”, says Zuma as makes inferences to a state which now non-racial and democratic and representative of all South Africans. He also makes mention of the fact that it is a state without corruption unlike the one which was previously in the hands of a minority.

7:10:31 pm - Thu 13 Feb

7:07:17 pm - Thu 13 Feb

Zuma now pays his respects to Ben Skosana.

7:06:17 pm - Thu 13 Feb

“We find solace in the knowledge that Madiba will live forever in our hearts”- Jacob Zuma #Sona2014

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Jacob Zuma has proceeded to the mic. Proceedings are about to get underway. He opens by stating that this is the first state of the nation address to take place in the absence of the father of our democracy – Nelson Mandela.

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Jacob Zuma stands with his hand on his heart as the brass band plays the national anthem. The anthem and the 21 gun salute have been completed and the Zuma makes his way in to the National Assembly while everyone present rises to their feet to welcome him. Applause and some fan fare as he enters.

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President Jacob Zuma has arrived and is making his way up the red carpet. The address is due to begin in 10 minutes.

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The red carpet has now been cleared with all politicians and their dresses and suits safely tucked inside. we’re awaiting Zuma’s arrival with his procession.

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Just over an hour to go before the address officially starts. MP’s are still arriving at parliament.

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Okay who had their money on the first #SonaSelfie?

It’s just happened. Helen Zille has used a couple of minute in between socialising to tell the public what she expects from this evening’s address and to also tweet a #SonaSelfie

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Some more celebrities and artists continue to make their way down the red carpet. The address is due to start at 7pm.

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Thuli wears a long soft gold gown with a scarf around her neck twinned with silver shoes and jewellery. Why gold? “I was feeling light-hearted today,” she says softly.

She’s a bit shy though and retreats inside pretty quickly.

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The public protector Thuli Madonsela gets a hearty welcome as she arrives.

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In anticipation of the State of the Nation address later on, many opposition parties hope Jacob Zuma will address certain things. Take a look at what they wish for in this article.

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The State of the Nation is kicking into a higher gear now and gaining some momentum.

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The state of the nation address usually starts with a ton of media and photographers crowding the red carpet outside parliament from about 3:30pm, with very few big names arriving. This means the small fry have a neat trick to feel like a celebrity: arrive early on the State of the Nation red carpet for the starved photographers to fuss over.

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